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Matthew Morriss was born in Dallas, Texas but quickly moved south to Austin, Texas.  Experiences hiking through the Cretaceous Limestones of the Hill Country in Central Texas combined with an early introduction to Geology during High School at St. Stephen's Episcopal School into a fervor for learning more about the geologic and natural world wherever I am.  Although truly, this process started with my collection of maps and numerous holes dug in my parents backyard.  I attended Whitman College (2009 - 2013) and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Geology. I wrote my Senior Thesis on glaciations in the Mongolia Hangay mountain range.  This study combined Comsogenic Nuclide exposure dating on moraines with remote sensing and other paleo-climate proxies.  

I arrived at the University of Oregon (F. 2015) after attending North Carolina State University for a Masters in Geology (2013 - 2015).  My Masters project was funded by an EdMap proposal.  I used Quaternary terraces along the Burnt River, Baker County Oregon to constrain river incision rates and eventually the rate of fault slip along a fault near Durkee, Oregon.  I am excited to be working at the University of Oregon, collaborating in a multi-discipline; multi-investigator projects in N.E. Oregon.