M.J. (Matthew) Comeau PhD

M.J. (Matthew) Comeau PhD


• Expertise: Applied Electromagnetic Geophysics and Quantitative Interpretation of Data.

• Primarily engaged in acquiring and applying electromagnetic geophysical data to answer questions related to volcanic and geothermal regions, mineral systems, and tectonics -- at various scales and with the integration of other geoscientific data. 


• Mapping and understanding the plumbing and sources of volcanic and geothermal systems, at both shallow and deep scales.  

• Investigating the deep sources of mineral systems, their crustal-scale footprints, and their links to major crustal boundaries.  

• Applying joint inversion schemes to geophysical data to extract new model constraints and new quantitative interpretations. 

• Examination and modelling of extreme magnetotelluric data potentially caused by high-contrast conductive anomalies and current channeling effects in features of interest.  

• Using thermo-mechanical modelling to explore the dynamics and evolution of the lithosphere with the integration of electromagnetic models and derived viscosity/rheology constraints.  

• Electrical structure of the upper-crust to the whole-lithosphere and implications for tectonic evolution (including faulting, suturing, and mountain-building), crust-mantle interactions, and geodynamics.


Major field measurement campaigns

-Mongolia: Hangai, Altai Gobi, Darkhad & Khovsgol, Great Lakes Basin (2016, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023). 

-Romania: Transylvania (2022). 

-Egypt: Western Desert (2019). 

-Germany: Sauerland, Westfalia (2019, 2020, 2022). 

-Chile: Andes, Maule (2016). 

-Argentina: Puna (2013). 

-Bolivia: Altiplano, Southern Desert (2010, 2011, 2012). 

-Canada: Alberta, British Columbia (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015).

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Academische achtergrond

• 2023, Assistant Professor, Applied Geophysics | Department of Geoscience and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

• 2016-2023, Research Associate, Institute for Geophysics | Department of Physics, University of Münster, Münster, Germany.

• 2010-2015, PhD Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

• 2005-2010, BSc Astrophysics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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