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Brandon Lutz, PhD

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. 

Professional Experience

  • 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.