Matt Carter

Title:  Assistant Professor
Department:  Geology
Degree:  B.S., The University of Wisconsin – Madison; M.S., The University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D. The University of Minnesota, – Twin Cities


Office Location:
Alden Hall, Room 209

Phone:  (814) 332-2876

Office Hours:  Spring 2021
Monday:  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesday:  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday:  11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Any other time by appointment


Research Interests:

My research utilizes field, analytical, geophysical, and experimental techniques to study broad-based questions related to structural geology and tectonics.  My research has focused on processes that occur in the transitional region of the Earth’s lithosphere in order to better understand the dynamic between deformation and fluid-rock interactions at the brittle-ductile transition, deformation associated with the accretion and translation of tectonic blocks, and the burial of sediments and exhumation of rock.  In addition, I interpret subsurface structural and sedimentary geology to assist in the characterization of reservoirs (petroleum, geothermal, etc.), which helps to improve production and aid in future exploration.

Past/current field areas:   Beavertail State Park, Rhode Island; Northern Snake Range, Nevada; Western Ireland Namurian Basin, County Clare, Ireland; University of Minnesota’s Mineral & Rock Physics Lab (Experiments); Gulf of Mexico, Barents Sea, North Sea, and offshore Angola and Nova Scotia (subsurface analysis with electronic borehole images, core, and seismic data).