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Matthew Earl Pritchard

  • Matthew Earl Pritchard
  • Dept: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Address: 3124 Snee Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4870
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Matt Pritchard is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth and develops models of the myriad processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, landslides, and glaciers. Prior to arriving at Cornell in 2005, Pritchard was a Harry Hess Postdoctoral Scholar at Princeton University, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago.

Research Interests

Geophysics, glaciology, geodesy, tectonics, and volcanology; Optical and radar satellite remote sensing, subsurface energy systems

Teaching Interests

Global geophysics, active tectonics, planetary formation and evolution, remote sensing, glaciers, lunar geology, and subsurface energy systems

Selected Publications

  • Scott, Chelsea, Rowena Lohman, Matthew Pritchard, Patricia Alvarado, Gerado S├ínchez. 2014. "Andean earthquakes triggered by the 2010 Maule, Chile (Mw 8.8) earthquake: Comparisons of geodetic, seismic and geologic constraints." Journal of South American Earth Sciences 50: 27-39.
  • Jay, J. A., M. Welch, Matthew Pritchard, P. J. Mares, M. E. Mnich, A. K. Melkonian, F. Aguilera, J. A. Naranjo, J. Clavero, M. Sunagua. 2013. "Volcanic hotspots of the central and southern Andes as seen from space by ASTER and MODVOLC between the years 2000-2010." Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling, Geological Society of London monograph 380: 161-185.
  • Pritchard, Matthew, Jennifer Jay, Felipe Aron, Scott Henderson, Luis Lara. 2013. "Subsidence at southern Andes volcanoes induced by the 2010 Maule, Chile earthquake." Nature Geoscience 6.
  • Henderson, Scott, Matthew Pritchard. 2013. "Decadal volcanic deformation in the Central Andes Volcanic Zone revealed by InSAR time series." Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 14 (5): 1358-1374.
  • Melkonian, Andrew, Mike Willis, Matthew Pritchard, Andres Rivera, Francesca Bown, Sasha Berstein. 2013. "Satellite-Derived Volume Loss Rates and Glacier Speeds for the Cordillera Darwin Icefield, Chile." The Cryosphere 7: 823-839.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Editor's citation for Excellence in Refereeing (American Geophysical Union) 2013
  • National Earthscope Speaker (Earthscope National Office) 2012
  • Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award (Illinois Math & Science Academy) 2011
  • CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2010
  • James and Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Engineering, Cornell) 2007



  • BA (Physics), University of Chicago, 1997
  • MS (Geophysics), California Institute of Engineering, 2000
  • Ph D (GEOPHYSICS & SEISMOLOGY), California Institute of Technology, 2003