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Dr. Matthias Morzfeld

Dr. Matthias Morzfeld

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  • University of California, San Diego
  • Status: Faculty
  • Department: Applied Math,
  • Will Mentor: Doctoral students, Pre-doctoral students

Areas of Expertise

Applied Mathematics,

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary mathematical/stochastic modeling, Data assimilation, Monte Carlo sampling, Reduced order modeling


Matthias (goes by Matti) grew up in Germany where he obtained a "Diplom" in Mechanical Engineering (a Diplom is a german degree somewhere between a bachelors and masters degree). His first encounter with the US was as an exchange student during undergrad and he then obtained a Ph.D., also in Mechanical Engineering, at UC Berkeley. Matti's path then became mathematical with a 4 year postdoc in UC Berkeley's Department of Mathematics, before joining the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor. Another four years later, he joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography as an applied mathematician working on mathematical and computational problems relevant to Earth science.

Matti's research is on the application and analysis of numerical and computational methods in the Earth sciences. This includes Bayesian techniques and Markov chain Monte Carlo and also statistical and machine learning methods. The projects Matti works on have a large range of spatial and temporal scales: one can apply similar mathematical/statistical/computational methods to study and understand stratocummulus cloud fields or Earth's liquid outer core. There are many projects -- at the undergraduate or graduate level -- which connect mathematics, computation and Earth science.