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kirby, matthew e.

Professor of Geological Sciences

Geological Sciences Department

Office: 657-278-0797

Department: 657-278-3882



Matthew Kirby is a professor at Cal State Fullerton in the Department of Geological Sciences. He was raised along the Susquehanna River in Binghamton, New York – a distant memory compared to the dry rivers of Southern California. He received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College, a master of science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California. In 1992, he spent 34 days on the RV Polar Duke along the Antarctic Peninsula collecting geological data for his undergraduate thesis. From that point on, Kirby knew he wanted to study Earth's climate history. Today, he researches California’s geological (past 10,000 to 100,000 years) history of droughts, floods, fires, and vegetation using lake and wetland sediments.

Areas of Knowledge:

  • Paleoclimatology
  • Global climate change
  • Lake systems


  • Environment
  • Geology


  • North America