Matthias Morzfeld

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

University of Arizona

Member, Program in Applied Mathematics

Member, Statistics GIDP

My research interests are numerical analysis of Monte Carlo and data assimilation methods and their applications. I create and analyze methods and algorithms that are useful in applications in science and engineering, for example in numerical weather prediction or for studying geomagnetic dipole reversals.

My research is supported by NSF, NRL and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

If you are interested in UQ, come to the U2 can UQ workshop.

Please download my publications here.

Teaching at the University of Arizona

  • Fall 2018: Calculus II (Math129), Website.
  • Spring 2018: Data assimilation and inverse problems, part II, Website.
  • Fall 2017: Data assimilation and inverse problems, Website.
  • Spring 2017: Applied Linear Algebra (Math310), Website.
  • Fall 2016: Linear Algebra(Math313), Website.
  • Spring 2016: Calculus II (Math129), Website.
  • Fall 2015: Calculus I (Math125), Website.

Teaching at the University of California at Berkeley

  • Spring 2014: Numerical Analysis (Math128b), Website.

Please download my CV here.


Travis Harty, Applied Mathematics. Project: intra-hour forecasting of global horizontal irradiance for solar power.

Kyle Gwirtz, Applied Mathematics. Project: geomagnetic data assimilation.

Spencer Lunderman, Mathematics. Project: feature-based data assimilation.

Jessica Pillow, Applied Mathematics. Project: Inverse problems in X-ray radiography.

Undergraduate students

Shivansh Singh Chauhan, Computer Science.

Alumni (graduate)

Jesse Adams , Applied Mathematics, co-advised with Aaron Luttman (NNSS). Dissertation: Scalable block Gibbs sampling for image deblurring in X-ray radiography. Position after graduation: Postdoc at NNSS.

Andrew Leach, Applied Mathematics, co-advised with Kevin Lin. Dissertation: Monte Carlo methods for stochastic differential equations and their applications. Position after graduation: Google, Machine Learning Engineer.

Antonio Lorenzo, Optical sciences, co-advised with Alex Cronin. Dissertation: Short-term irradiance forecasting using an irradiance sensor network, satellite imagery, and data assimilation. Position after graduation: Research Scientist at the University of Arizona.

Alumni (undergraduate)

Tene Carter (undergraduate), Computer Science and Mathematics double major.

Rafael Orozco (undergraduate), Computer Science, Mathematics minor. Now: undergraduate student and Bucknell University

Friends and affiliates

UQ Working Group, with Kevin Lin and Shankar Venkataramani

William Holmgren

Outreach articles

Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach article about merging models and data (2018)

Articles about research

Article about Jesse Adams dissertation work (2019)

UA News story about geomagnetic reversals (2017)

UA News story about Sloan Research Fellowship (2016)


Public lecture about data assimilation (2017, Everything is Math lecture series)

U2 can UQ

Workshop for people with interests in UQ

2019 Workshop

2018 Workshop

2017 Workshop

Contact information

Office: ENR2 S331

Email: mmo [at] math [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Phone: 520-621-0673

Mail: 617 N. Santa Rita Ave., P.O. Box 210089 Tucson, AZ 85721-0089, USA