Matt Hornbach




Phone: 512-636-5030

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Wyoming


  • Marine geology and geophysics
  • Gas hydrates
  • Heat flow and fluid flow
  • Paleoseismology and geohazards

Link to research 

Courses Taught

GEOL 1305 - Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 3374 - Introduction to Petroleum Geology
GEOL 5384 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 5392 - Introduction to Exploration Seismology
GEOL 6375 - Theory of Heat Flow and Diffusion
GEOL 6309 - Special Topics in Exploration Seismology
GEOL 7360 - Intro to Continuum Mechanics and Numerical Modeling in The Earth Sciences
GEOL 5399 - Special Topics in Earth Sciences (JTERM): Assessing Geological Hazards in Jamaica, A Field-Based Approach

Currently Funded Research Projects

Lesser Antilles Volcanism and Landslides, IODP LEG 340 (NSF-IODP) 
Gas Hydrate Dynamics on the Alaskan Beaufort Continental Slope: Modeling and Field Characterization (DOE) 
Assessing Geohazards in Kingston, Jamaica (SEG-GWB).

Journal Publications

Phrampus, B.J. and Hornbach, M.J., "Recent changes to the Gulf Stream causing widespread gas hydrate destabilization,"Nature, Vol. 490, no. 7421, p. 527-530, 2012

Manga, M. et al., "Heat flow in the Lesser Antilles island arc and adjacent back arc Grenada basin," Geochemistry, Geophysics,Geosystems, Vol. 13, Q08007, 19 pp, 2012

Hornbach, M.J., Bangs, N.L., Berndt, C., "Detecting hydrate and fluid flow from Bottom Simulating
Reflector depth anomalies," Geology, Vol. 40, no. 12, p. 227-230, 2012

Bangs, N.L., Hornbach, M.J., Berndt, C. "Intermittent methane venting and long-term sustainability of chemosynthetic communities at S. Hydrate Ridge" Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 310, 1-2, p. 105-112, 2011

Hornbach, M.J., Mann, P., Frohlich, C., Ellins, K., Brown, L., Assessing geohazards near Kingston,
Jamaica: initial results from chirp profiling. The Leading Edge, April, p.410-413, 2011

McHugh, C.M., Seeber, L., Braudy, N., Cormier, M-H, Davis, M.B., Diebold, J.B., Dieudonne, N., Douilly, R., Gulick, S.P.S, Hornbach, M.J., Johnson, H., Mishkin, K.R., Sorlien, C., Steckler, M.S.,
Symithe, S.J., Templeton, J., "The offshore record of the 12 January Earthquake," Geology, 39,
no.8, 723-726, 2011

Hornbach, M.J., Braudy, N., Briggs, R.W., Braudy, N., Cormier, M-H, Davis, M.B., Diebold, J.B.,
Dieudonne, N., Douilly, R., Frohlich, C., Gulick, S.P.S.,., Johnson, H., McHugh, C.M., Mishkin, K.R., Prentice, C., Seeber, L., Sorlien, C., Steckler, M.S., Symithe, S.J., Taylor, F., Templeton, J., "High tsunami frequency as a result of combined strike-slip faulting and coastal landslides," Nature Geoscience, 3, no. 11, 2010

Bangs, N.L., Hornbach, M.J., Park, J-O, and G.F. Moore, "Massive methane release triggered by 
seafloor erosion offshore southwestern Japan," Geology, 38, no. 11, 2010

Frohlich, C., M. J. Hornbach, and F. W. Taylor, "Megablocks", in Encyclopedia of Modern
Coral Reefs, edited by D. Hopley, Springer-Verlag, 2010

Moscardelli, L, Hornbach, M.J., Wood, L., "Tsunamigenic risks associated with mass transport
complexes in offshore Trinidad and Venezuela," in Submarine Mass Movements and Their
4th edition, Springer., v.28, 733-744, 2010

Hornbach, M.J., Mann, P., Taylor, F.W., Bowen, S., "Estimating the age of near-shore carbonate
slides using coral reefs and erosional markers: A case study from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles,"
The Sedimentary Record, v.8, no. 1, 2010

Frohlich, C., Hornbach, M.J., Taylor, F.W., Shen, C.C., Moala, A., Morton, A., Kruger, J.,
"Huge Erratic boulders in Tonga deposited by a prehistoric tsunami," Geology, 37, 2, 2009

Hornbach, Matthew J., Saffer, D.M., Holbrook, W. S., Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Gorman, A.,
"3D seismic imaging of the Blake Ridge methane hydrate province: evidence for large concentrated zones of gas hydrate and morphologically-driven advection," Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 2008.

Hornbach, Matthew .J., Mondziel, S.A., Grindlay, N.R., Mann, P., Frohlich, C., "Did a
Submarine slide trigger the great 1918 Puerto Rico tsunami?" Science of Tsunami Hazards, 2008.

Frederick W. Taylor, Richard W. Briggs, Cliff Frohlich, Abel Brown, Matthew Hornbach,
Alison K. Papabatu, Aron Meltzner, Douglas Billy, "The 1 April 2007 Solomons
Earthquake: Shallow Rupture Across a Ridge-Transform Plate Boundary"Nature Geoscience, 2008.

Hornbach, Matthew J., Lavier, L.L., Ruppel, C.D., "Triggering Mechanism and Tsunamogenic
Potential of the Cape Fear Slide Complex, U.S. Atlantic Margin," G-cubed, 2007.

Hornbach, Matthew J., Ruppel Carolyn D., Van Dover, Cindy Lee, "Three Dimensional
Structure of Fluid Conduits Sustaining an Active Deep Marine Cold Seep," Geophysical Research Letters, 2007.

Brown, Hillary E., Holbrook, W. Steven, Hornbach, Matthew J., "Slide structure and role of gas
hydrate at the northern boundary of the Storegga Slide, offshore Norway," Marine Geology, June, 2006.

Hornbach, Matthew J., Ruppel, Carolyn D., Saffer, Demian M., Van Dover, Cindy Lee,
Holbrook, W. Steven,"Coupled Constraints on Episodic Flux Sustaining a
Chemosynthetic Community at a Low-Flux Passive Margin," Geophysical Research Letters, 2007.

Hornbach, Matthew J., Demian M. Saffer, and W.S. Holbrook,"Critically Pressured Free-Gas
Reservoirs Below Gas Hydrate Provinces" Nature, 427, p.142-144, January 8th, 2004.

Shillington, D. S., Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Holbrook, W. S., Kelemen, P.B., Hornbach, M.J.
"Composition and structure of the central Aleutian island arc from arc parallel wide-angle seismic data," 
Geochem. Geophys. Geosys., vol.5, 2004.

Hornbach, M.J., "Development and Implementation of a Portable, Low Cost Seismic Data 
AcquisitionSystem for Classroom Experiments and Independent Studies" The Journal of Geoscience
Education, Sept. 2004.

Van Avendonk, H.J.A., Shillington, D. S., Holbrook, W. S., Hornbach, M.J., "Inferring crustal
structure in the Aleutian island arc from a sparse wide-angle seismic data set," Geochem.
Geophys. Geosys., vol.5, 2004.

Hornbach, Matthew J., Holbrook, W. Steven, Gorman, Andrew R., Hackwith, Kara L.,
Lizarralde, Daniel, and Pecher I.A. 2003, "Direct Seismic Detection of Methane Hydrate on
the Blue Ridge." GEOPHYSICS, v.68, no. 1, 92-100, 2003.

Holbrook, W.S., A.R. Gorman, M.J. Hornbach, K.L. Hackwith, J.W. Nealon, D. Lizarralde, and
I.A. Pecher, 2002, "Seismic detection of marine methan hydrate." The leading Edge, v21, p. 686-689, 2002.

Gorman, A.R., Holbrook, W.S., Hornbach, M.J., Hackwith, K.L., Lizarralde, D., and Pecher, I.,
"Migration of methane gas through the hydrate stability zone in a low-flux hydrate province" Geology,30: 327-330, 2002.

Holbrook, W.S., Lizarralde, D., Pecher, I.A., Gorman, A.R., Hackwith, K.L., Hornbach, M.J., Saffer, D.M., "Escape of methane gas through sediment waves in a large methane hydrate province." Geology, 30: 467-470. 2002.

Hornbach, M.J. and Dahnosky, Y. "Electron transfer in a slow relaxation bath: Coherence and nonexponential kinetics," J. Chem. Phys. Vol. 111, No. 11, 15th Sept. 1999.