Matthew Kuchta

Assistant Professor of Geology

Office: 126F Jarvis Hall - Science Wing
Phone: 715/505-5590


B.S. Geology and Studio Art (magna cum laude) Lawrence University 1998; M.S. Geology University of Wisconsin, Madison 2000; Ph.D. Geology - distributed minor in Paleoecology (2009) UW-Madison.

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly-based in many areas of geology, particularly Paleoecology and Sedimentology/Stratigraphy. The objects of my research are land snails - both modern and fossil species. My dissertation focused on fossil shells from late Pleistocene ("Ice Age") sediments in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.

I am working with Kathryn Perez (UW-La Crosse) to survey and update the records of land snails living in Wisconsin today; our understanding of their distribution and ecology is underdeveloped, especially in the west central part of the state.

I am currently refining the geology of Dunn County, including the Paleozoic fossils that can be found here.

I invite students interested in biology, geology, and chemistry to participate in my research - there are many questions to be answered in the field and in the laboratory.

Some potential research projects include: snail paleobiology (morphology, ecology, biogeography, etc.), amino acid racemization (a technique for relative age and paleotemperature studies), snail-shell composition(chemistry of carbonate and proteins), and ecological modeling (using GIS to create predictive habitat models for modern and fossil snail populations).

Courses Taught

PHYS-257: Introduction to Geology and Soil Mechanics (Fall, 2010)

PHYS-258: Introduction to Geology (Fall, 2010)

For students taking Phys-257 or Phys-258: all course materials will be handled through UW-Stout's D2L Website:

Introduction to Geology D2L Website


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