Research Interests

My research interests are, broadly: interdisciplinary mathematical/stochastic modeling, data assimilation, Monte Carlo sampling, reduced order modeling. Specifically: numerical methods for data assimilation and inverse problems – importance/implicit sampling, Markov chain Monte Carlo, variational methods, Kalman filters.

I create new mathematics and computational tools and work towards their successful application across the Earth sciences. A main theme of my work is how sampling methods can function (or not) in high-dimensional spaces.


  • Diplom, Mechanical Enigneering, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley


Matthias Morzfeld is an associate professor in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Matthias received a "Diplom" in Mechanical Engineering from TU Darmstadt (Germany) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a postdoc at UC Berkeley's Math department and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2011-2015, and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona from 2015 - 2019. Matthias is a frequent visitor to the Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP).