Dr. Matthew P. McKay


Geography Geology and Planning

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Geography Geology and Planning
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Geology, West Virginia University
  • MS, Geology, University of Alabama
  • BS, Geology, University of Alabama


  • GLG110: Physical Geology
  • GLG340: Structural Geology
  • GLG412: Field Geology of the Mid-Continent
  • GLG413: Field Geology (Summer Field Course)

Professional experience

  • Geological Survey of Alabama (2014-2016): Field geologist
  • Geological Society of America: member

Research and professional interests

Dr. McKay studies tectonic mountain building processes by integrating field studies of metamorphic terranes, igneous provinces, and sedimentary basin fill. His students conduct field-intensive studies, including field mapping, and high-precision geochronology to investigate the age, duration, and magnitude of tectonic events.

Most recent publications

  • McKay, M.P., Stowell, H.H., Gray, K.D., Schwartz, J.J., Bollen, E., (in press) Metamorphism records thrust faulting during prolonged terrane accretion: Sm-Nd garnet and U-Pb zircon geochronology and P-T paths from the Salmon River suture zone, west-central Idaho, Lithosphere.
  • Fildani, A., McKay, M.P. , Stockli, D.F., Clark, J.D., Weislogel, A.L., Dykstra, M., Hessler, A.M., (2016) The ancestral Mississippi drainage archived in the late Wisconsin Mississippi deep-sea fan, Geology, vol. 44 (6), p. 479-482.
  • McKay, M.P., Coble, M., Hessler, A.M.,Weislogel, A.L., Fildani, A. (2016), Petrogenesis and provenance of distal, airfall tuffs in the Permian-Triassic Karoo Basin, South Africa: a window into a dissected, magmatic province, Geosphere, v. 12 (1).
  • McKay, M.P., Weislogel, A.L., Fildani, A., Brunt, R., Hodgson, D., Flint, S. (2015), U-PB zircon tuff geochronology from the Karoo Basin, South Africa: implications of zircon recycling on stratigraphic age controls, International Geology Review, vol. 57 (4), pp. 393-410.