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Matthew J. Kohn

Kohn holding rock

University Distinguished Professor

  • Ph.D. | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Geology, 1991
  • M.S.  | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Geology, 1989
  • B.S.  | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Geology, 1986


Metamorphic/tectonic evolution of mountain ranges, stable isotopes of vertebrate fossils for paleoclimate and paleoecology, geochemistry of metamorphic minerals and fossils.
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  • GEOS300: Earth Materials
  • GEOS345: Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOS 436/636: Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • GEOS497/597/697: Seminar in Geochemistry
  • GEOS540: Tectonics Seminar
  • GEOS584: Selected Topics in Tectonics
  • GEOS607: Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography

Student Opportunities

I currently have projects across the Himalaya (metamorphism and tectonics), and in southern Argentina (paleoclimate and paleoecology). There are additional opportunities to work on trace element and isotopic zoning in metamorphic minerals, tectonics in the Alps and Scandinavian Caledonides, and trace elements in vertebrate fossils.

Contact Information

Office: ERB 5165
Phone: 208-426-2757
Fax: 208-426-4061

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