Matt Fouch is a geophysicist interested in a broad range of research topics, including formation and deformation of Earth's lithosphere, detection of earthquakes and other phenomena in regions not previously investigated, and data handling and visualization.
He earned a B.A. degree in geology from Pomona College, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Brown University. Following a 2-year postdoctoral stint at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University, where he received tenure in 2007. Over the course of 11 years at ASU, he taught 10 different courses, ranging from introductory geology to planetary geophysics, and actively mentored 11 undergraduates in research projects, as well as 12 graduate students towards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. He returned to DTM in summer 2011 to join their permanent scientific staff.
Matt has been significantly involved in field seismology projects since his first days at Brown, and has field experiments on 3 continents. He is currently developing new methods and instrumentation to collect data from the field, including some that have direct application to future planetary seismology missions. His research funding has come from a broad range of programs at NSF and NASA. He received an NSF CAREER grant from the EarthScope Science program in 2005, and a 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Among other research endeavors, he is deeply involved in EarthScope, a major NSF-funded program spanning the entire North American continent. Among a number of community service roles, he currently serves as Vice Chair of Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology (IRIS) Board of Directors.