Dr. Matthew J. Comeau

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter / Research Associate
Dr. Matthew J. Comeau

Corrensstr. 24, room 325a
48149 Münster

T: +49-(0)251-83 33931

Academic Profiles

External Profile

  • Research Areas

    • electromagnetic geophysics, including magnetotellurics
    • mineral exploration, link to deep sources & to crustal boundaries
    • volcanic & geothermal systems, mapping magma plumbing & sources
    • lithospheric electrical resistivity structure & tectonics
    • crustal fluid localization & stagnation, evidence from EM geophysics
    • thermo-mechanical numerical modeling, exploring lithospheric dynamics
  • Projects

    • Geodynamic modelling of intra-plate deformation guided by 3D electromagnetic imaging of the lithosphere below Mongolia. ()
      Own resources project
    • Crust-mantle interactions beneath the Hangai Mountains in western Mongolia -- Insights from 3-D magnetotelluric studies. ()
      Own resources project
    • PLUTONS Project: Probing Lazufre and Uturuncu Together -- Investigating the Relationship Between Pluton Growth and Volcanism at Two Active Intrusions in the Central Andes. ()
      Project carried out outside the WWU
  • Publications

    • Sheng, Yue; Jin, Sheng; Comeau, Matthew; Z. Hou; M. Becken; H. Dong; L. Zhang; W. Wei; G. . Ye. . ‘Evidence for partial melting and alkaline-rich fluids in the crust from a 3-D electrical resistivity model in the vicinity of the Coqen region, western Lhasa terrane.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 619. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2023.118316.
    • Unsworth, Martyn; Comeau, Matthew J.; Diaz, D.; Brasse, H.; Heit, B.; Faveto, A.; Pomposiello, C.; Barcelona, H.; Peri, G.V.; Ticona, F. . ‘Crustal structure of the Lazufre volcanic complex and the Southern Puna from 3-D inversion of magnetotelluric data: implications for surface uplift and evidence for melt storage and hydrothermal fluids.Geosphere 19. doi: 10.1130/GES02506.1.
    • Yue Sheng, Sheng Jin, Matthew J. Comeau, Z. Hou, L. Zhang, W. Wei, G. Ye. . ‘Relationship between the migration of crustal material, normal faulting, gneiss domes, and dynamic mechanisms in the vicinity of the Dinggye region, central part of the Tethys- Himalaya terrane: insights from the 3-D electrical structure.’ Tectonophysics . [submitted / under review]
    • Matthew J. Comeau; Graham J. Hill; Svetlana Kovacikova; Jochen Kamm; Réka Lukács; Ioan Seghedi; Harangi Szabolcs.Magnetotelluric data across Ciomadul volcano and the Persani Volcanic Field — constraints on the nature and structure of the magma storage system. .’ contributed to the EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, . doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu23-12387 .
    • Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Grayver, Alexander; Käufl, Johannes; Kuvshinov, Alexey. . ‘Images of a continental intraplate volcanic system: from surface to mantle source.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 578: 117307. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2021.117307.
    • Jin, Sheng; Sheng, Yue; Comeau, Matthew; Becken, M.; Wei, W.; Ye, G.; Dong, H.; Zhang, L. . ‘Relationship of the crustal structure, rheology, and tectonic dynamics beneath the Lhasa-Gangdese terrane (southern Tibet) based on a 3-D electrical model.’ Journal of Geophysical Research 127, No. 11. doi: 10.1029/2022JB024318.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Kuvshinov, Alexey. . ‘Imaging the whole-lithosphere structure of a mineral system — Geophysical signatures of the sources and pathways of ore-forming fluids.Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 23, No. 8: e2022GC010379. doi: 10.1029/2022GC010379.
    • Comeau, Matthew J.; Moorkamp, Max; Becken, Michael; Kuvshinov, Alexey.Joint inversion of gravity and electromagnetic data — New constraints on the 3-D structure of the lithosphere beneath Central Mongolia.’ contributed to the EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, . doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu22-12704.
    • Sheng, Yue; Jin, Sheng; Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Lei, L.; Zhang, L.; Dong, H.; Wenbo W.; Ye, G. . ‘Controls on the metallogenesis of the Lhasa–Mozugongka district, Gangdese Belt, Tibetan Plateau: Constraints on melt distribution and viscosity from the 3-D electrical structure of the lithosphere.’ Ore Geology Reviews 145: 104881. doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2022.104881.
    • Wang, Tianqi; Ma, Guoqing; Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Zhou, Z.; Liu, W.; Kang, J.; Han, J. . ‘Evidence for the superposition of tectonic systems in the northern Songliao Block, NE China, revealed by a 3-D electrical resistivity model.’ Journal of Geophysical Research 127, No. 4. doi: 10.1029/2021JB022827.
    • Stein, Claudia; Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Hansen, Ulrich. . ‘Numerical study on the style of lithospheric delamination.’ Tectonophysics 827: 229276. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2022.229276.
    • Cordell, D.; Naif, S.; Troch, J.; Huber, C.; Comeau, M.J.Melt Fraction and Volatile Content Estimates Using MELTS-constrained Bayesian Magnetotelluric Inversions: Case Study from Uturuncu, Bolivia.’ contributed to the AGU Fall Meeting 2021, New Orleans, .
    • MacQueen, P.; Hudson, T.; Liu, Y.; Eiden, E.; Henderson, S.; Rosenberger, K.; Comeau, M.J.; Gottsmann, J.; Pritchard, M.E.; Kendall, M.; Unsworth, M.J.; Fischer, T.P.; Blundy, J.D.A 3-D, Technicolor Zombie: Joint Analysis of Multidisciplinary Geophysical and Geochemical Data at Uturuncu Volcano, Bolivia Reveals Active Hydrothermal System and Possible Sulfide Deposition.’ contributed to the AGU Fall Meeting 2021, New Orleans, .
    • Matthew J. Comeau; M. Becken; A.V. Kuvshinov; A. Grayver; J. Käufl; E. Batmagnai; S. Tserendug; S. Demberel. . ‘An Asthenospheric Upwelling Beneath Central Mongolia — Implications for Intraplate Surface Uplift and Volcanism.’ Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 95: 70–72. doi: 10.1111/1755-6724.14836.
    • Sheng, Yue; Jin, Sheng; Comeau, Matthew; Dong, H.; Zhang, L.; Lei, L., Li, B.; Wei, W.; Ye, G.; Lu, Z. . ‘Lithospheric structure near the northern Xainza-Dinggye Rift, Tibetan Plateau – implications for rheology and tectonic dynamics.’ Journal of Geophysical Research 126, No. 8. doi: 10.1029/2020JB021442.
    • Marzouk, H.; Arafa-Hamed, T.; Becken, M.; Abdel Zaher, M.; Comeau, M.J.Electrical properties of the lithosphere in the western desert, Egypt, using magnetotelluric sounding.’ contributed to the EGU General Assembly 2021, Vienna, . doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu21-13382.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Stein, Claudia; Becken, Michael; Hansen, Ulrich. . ‘Geodynamic Modeling of Lithospheric Removal and Surface Deformation: Application to Intraplate Uplift in Central Mongolia.’ Journal of Geophysical Research 126, No. 5. doi: 10.1029/2020JB021304.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Demberel, S. . ‘Crustal architecture of a metallogenic belt and ophiolite belt: Implications for mineral genesis and emplacement from 3-D electrical resistivity models (Bayankhongor area, Mongolia).’ Earth Planets and Space 73: 82. doi: 10.1186/s40623-021-01400-9.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Connolly, James A.D.; Grayver, Alexander; Kuvshinov, Alexey. . ‘Compaction-driven fluid localization as an explanation for lower crustal electrical conductors in an intracontinental setting.’ Geophysical Research Letters 47, No. 19: e2020GL088455. doi: 10.1029/2020GL088455.
    • Käufl, Johannes; Grayver, Alexander; Comeau, Matthew; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Becken, Michael; Kamm, Jochen; Demberel, S. . ‘Magnetotelluric multiscale 3-D inversion reveals crustal and upper mantle structure beneath the Hangai and Gobi-Altai region in Mongolia.’ Geophysical Journal International 221, No. 2. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggaa039.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Becken, Michael; Käufl, Johannes; Grayver, Alexander; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Tserendug, S.; Batmagnai, E.; Demberel, S. . ‘Evidence for terrane boundaries and suture zones across Southern Mongolia detected with a 2-dimensional magnetotelluric transect.Earth Planets and Space 72: 5. doi: 10.1186/s40623-020-1131-6.
    • M.E. Pritchard, S.L. de Silva, G. Michelfelder, G. Zandt, S.R. McNutt, J. Gottsmann, M.E. West, J. Blundy, D.H. Christensen, N.J. Finnegan, E. Minaya, R.S.J. Sparks, M. Sunagua, M.J. Unsworth, C. Alvizuri, M.J. Comeau, R. del Potro, D. Díaz , M. Diez, A. Farrell, S.T. Henderson, J. Jay, T. Lopez, D. Legrand, J.A. Naranjo, H. McFarlin, D. Muir, J.P. Perkins, Z. Spica, A. Wilder, K.M. Ward. . ‘Synthesis: PLUTONS: Investigating the Relationship Between Pluton Growth and Volcanism in the central Andes.Geosphere 14, No. 3: 954–982. doi: 10.1130/GES01578.1.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Käufl, Johannes; Becken, Michael; Kuvshinov, Alexey; Grayver, Alexander; Kamm, Jochen; Demberel, S.; Sukhbaatar, U.; Batmagnai, E.; Tserendug, S.; Nasan-Ochir, T. . ‘Evidence for fluid and melt generation in response to an asthenospheric upwelling beneath the Hangai Dome, Mongolia.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 487: 201–209. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.02.007.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Unsworth, Martyn; Cordell, Darcy. . ‘New constraints on the magma distribution beneath Volcán Uturuncu, Bolivia, from magnetotelluric data.’ Geosphere 12, No. 5: 1391–1421. doi: 10.1130/GES01277.1.
    • Comeau, Matthew Joseph. . Electrical Resistivity Structure of the Altiplano-Puna Magma Body and Volcan Uturuncu from Magnetotelluric Data Dissertation thesis, University of Alberta. Alberta: Selbstverlag / Eigenverlag / Self-publishing. doi: 10.7939/R3C24QW2S.
    • Comeau, Matthew; Unsworth, Martyn; Ticona, Faustion; Sunagua, Mayel. . ‘Magnetotelluric images of magma distribution beneath Volcán Uturuncu, Bolivia: Implications for magma dynamic.’ Geology 43, No. 3: 243–246. doi: 10.1130/G36258.1.