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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

  • Melkonian, Andrew, Michael Willis, M. E. Pritchard. 2014. "Satellite-Derived Volume Loss Rates and Glacier Speeds for the Juneau Icefield, Alaska." Journal of Glaciology 60 (222): 743-760.
  • M. E. Pritchard, Scorr Henderson, Jennifer Jay, Vicente Soler, David Krzesni, Nicole Button, Alana Semple, Bianca Glass, Mayel Sunagua, Estela Minaya, Alvaro Amigo, Jorge Clavero. 2014. "Reconnaissance earthquake studies at nine volcanic areas of the central Andes with coincident satellite thermal and InSAR observations." Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 280 (90-103).
  • Jay, J. A., F. Costa, M. E. Pritchard, L. E. Lara, B. Singer, J. Herrin. 2014. "Locating magma reservoirs using InSAR and petrology before and during the 2011-2012 Cordón Caulle silicic eruption." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 295: 254-266.
  • Biggs, J., S. K. Ebmeier, W. P. Aspinall, Z. Lu, M. E. Pritchard, R. S. J. Sparks, T. A. Mather. 2014. "Global link between deformation and volcanic eruption quantified by satellite imagery." Nature Communications 5.
  • Scott, Chelsea, Rowena Lohman, M. E. Pritchard, Patricia Alvarado, Gerado Sánchez. 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.

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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