Matthew Jones

M.S. Student, Hydrogeology
Primary office:



Rick Devlin


B.A. University of Minnesota, Morris


Matthew’s research focuses on understanding how water moves between surface water and groundwater sources. His work has long-term implications for the understanding and protection of groundwater resources.

He is helping to develop the cutting-edge Stream Bed Point Velocity Probe, which is a novel probe to accurately measure groundwater velocity, and he is using it to characterize the hydraulic connection between a crude-oil contaminated aquifer and a small lake in north-central Minnesota. Matt’s work is a vital contribution to an inter-disciplinary, multi-decadal research project led by the United States Geological Survey at the National Crude Oil Spill Fate and Natural Attenuation Research Site near Bemidji, MN.

Selected Presentations


“Quantifying Groundwater Flow through a Lake Bed Down-Gradient from a Decades-Old Oil Spill near Bemidji, Minnesota.” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. September 22. Oral.


“The Application GPS and GIS to map volcanic fields and define magmatic histories around Mt. McLoughlin, Oregon.” Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting. March 23. Poster.

Selected Awards & Honors


Joseph Minton Patterson Scholarship

Frederick T. Holden Scholarship


Eagle Scout Rank

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
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