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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.
  • 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).

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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