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Matthew J. Kohn

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.


  • GEOS300: Earth Materials
  • GEOS324: Petrography
  • GEOS345: Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOS350: Geology/Geography of the National Parks
  • GEOS497/597/697: Seminar in Geochemistry
  • GEOS540: Tectonics Seminar
  • GEOS607: Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
  • GEOS636: Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Contact Information

Kohn holding rock
Office: ERB 5165
Phone: 208-426-2757
Fax: 208-426-4061

Student Opportunities

I currently have projects in NW India and Bhutan (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 Himalaya and Scandinavian Caledonides, trace elements in vertebrate fossils, and isotope/trace element systematics in modern teeth from Idaho.