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Matthew E. Kirby

Professor, Paleoclimatology

Graduate Committee Chair/Advisor

California State University, Fullerton

Department of Geological Sciences

Fullerton, CA 92834

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2001

Office Room: MH-276

Office Phone: (657) 278-2158

Lab Room: DBH-175

Lab Phone: (657) 278-3303



kirby walking with stick

The search for tsunami deposits in Oneonta Slough, CA (Spring 2012). Photo by Susan Cobo.




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Floating Core Rig

Coring Lake Elsinore (Summer 2010).


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A Quick Overview: I research late Quaternary paleoclimates with a specific focus on the Holocene, although my interest extends into the last glacial/interglacial and their transitions. I endeavor to use multi-proxy, multi-disciplinary research methods that use historical records of climate change as a calibration for assessing past climate states. Although my present research is concentrated in lacustrine environments, I have worked in the marine realm. I suspect that my research will ultimately involve both terrestrial and marine settings as I attempt (i.e., as do many paleoclimatologists) to deconvolve the large-scale ocean-atmosphere (and solar) relationships that drive global climate change. Recently, I have been using sediments from coastal Thailand and Southern California to reconstruct past tsunami activity and past climates.


Interested in Getting a Master's Degree in Geology? If you're interested in paleoclimate studies and becoming a member of an exciting and growing department, please contact me at the e-mail address above (or the CSUF department in general).


CV (PDF - updated 10/22/15)


Research - I have stopped updating this link...too many lakes, too many projects. If you want to know what I am doing, check out our Facebook page for recent lab activity or see what we've published recently under the CV.


Fall 2015 Classes (Office Hours T 130-430)

GEOL 101: Physical Geology (MWF 11-11:50 AM)

GEOL 510T: Paleolimnology (M 6-9 PM)


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