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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

My primary research interests include using geochronology, geochemistry, and field- based methods to understand volcanism in the southwestern United States. Most recently, I am applying the 40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb dating techniques to develop a comprehensive, accurate, and precise geochronology of Quaternary eruptions in New Mexico with the ultimate goal of assessing the volcanic hazards throughout the region. I am also interested in using the volcanic record to constrain landscape evolution in the southwest. In 2015 I joined the mapping program at the NMBGMR. I am currently developing and implementing the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for geologic mapping.

In addition to an active research program, I participate in a variety of outreach and teaching opportunities. I am a member of the editorial board for Lite Geology, a quarterly publication that focuses on earth science concepts for teachers. I also contribute to numerous outreach projects associated with the bureau of geology, including the highly successful “Rockin’ Around New Mexico” workshop for teachers. Each summer I co-instruct the New Mexico Tech Field Camp based out of the northern New Mexico. I regularly give lectures for professionals and the general public. Finally, I enjoy using my passion of photography and videography to assist with bureau publications and outreach projects.

Education

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 sanidine geochronology
  • Mapping the Mogollon-Datil volcanic field
  • Geologic mapping with small unmanned aircraft systems

(See CV for more details)