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Matthew Zimmerer

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Basalt flow lineations — Albuquerque volcanoes
Field Geologist II
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-5114 phone
(575) 835-6333 fax


Current Projects

  • Age-based assessment of volcanic hazards in New Mexico
  • Timescales of magmatism in the Southern Rocky Mountain volcanic field
  • Landscape evolution of the southwest using basaltic lava flows and detrital sanidinegeochronology
  • Mapping the Mogollon-Datil volcanic field

Research Interests

Matt’s primary research interests include using geochronology, geochemistry, and field- based methods to understand volcanism in the southwestern United States. In particular, he uses a combination of the 40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb dating techniques to determine the timescales and relationships of volcanic and intrusive processes of the mid-Tertiary ignimbrite flare-up. More recently, he is applying these same dating techniques to develop a comprehensive, accurate, and precise geochronology of late Quaternary eruptions in New Mexico with the ultimate goal of assessing the volcanic hazards throughout the region.

See CV for more details.

Earth Science Education & Outreach

In addition to an active research program, Matt participates in a variety of outreach and teaching opportunities. Matt is a member of the editorial board for Lite Geology, a quarterly publication that focuses on earth science concepts for teachers. He also contributes to numerous outreach projects associated with the bureau of geology, including the highly successful “Rockin’ Around New Mexico” workshop for teachers. Matt co-instructs the New Mexico Tech field camp based out of the northern New Mexico and regularly gives guest lectures for the Earth and Environmental Science Department. Finally, Matt enjoys using his passion of photography and videography to assist with bureau publications and outreach projects.