Brandon Lutz is a structural geologist working within the Framework Geology program.
Brandon uses a combination of 3D geological modeling, numerical simulations of faulting and heat flow, and field-based studies of fault rocks to understand Earth’s natural resources (e.g., water, geothermal, critical minerals, hydrocarbons) and hazards (e.g., earthquakes, landslides). He specializes in regional-scale kinematic reconstructions of crustal deformation along diffuse plate boundary zones, and has worked on projects in the Basin and Range Province, the Cordilleran Thrust Belt, and the Ouachita-Arkoma-Ozark orogenic system.
2021-2022: Contract Geologist, Rangefront Mining Services, Lode Metals Corp., Baker City, Oregon
2020-2021: Visiting Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Education and Certifications
PhD, 2021, Earth and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico
MS, 2013, Geological Sciences, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
BS, 2010, Geological Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Science and Products
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.