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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 surfaces and geophysics, remote sensing, glaciers, lunar geology, and subsurface energy systems

Selected Publications

  • Melkonian, A. K., M. J. Willis, M. E. Pritchard, A. J. Stewart. 2016. "Recent changes in glacier velocities and thinning at Novaya Zemlya." Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Willis, M. J., A. K. Melkonian, M. E. Pritchard. 2015. "Outlet Glacier Response to the 2012 Collapse of the Matusevich Ice Shelf, Severnaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic." Journal of Geophysical Research.
  • Jay, J. A., F. J. Delgado, J. L. Torres, M. E. Pritchard, O. Macedo, V. Aguilar. 2015. "Deformation and seismicity near Sabancaya volcano, southern Peru, from 2002-2014." Geophysical Research Letters.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Geodesy Section Award (American Geophysical Union) 2015
  • Kavli Fellow and speaker at the Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium (Kavli Foundation) 2015
  • 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



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