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  • Geologist
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
228 Mining & Mineral Resources Building, Rm 106
(859) 323-0510
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Other Affiliations:
  • Geological Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Kentucky Assoc. of Mitigation Managers
  • Kentucky Geological Survey

Matt Crawford

Research Interests:
slope stability
landslide susceptibility and risk
engineering geology

B.A., Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana.

M.S., Geology, Eastern Kentucky University; Richmond, Kentucky

Ph.D., Geology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


Landslides, other geologic hazards, and geophysics; understanding slope stability and geotechnical engineering properties of landslides, application of LiDAR for assessing landslide hazard and risk in Kentucky.

Selected Publications:

Woodard, J.B., Mirus, B.B., Crawford, M.M., Or, D., Leshchinsky, B.A., Allstadt, K.E., and Wood, N.J., 2023, Mapping Landslide Susceptibility Over Large Regions with Sparse Data–A Reality Check, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 128,

Johnson, S.E., Haneberg, W.C., Bryson, L.S., and Crawford, M.M., 2023, Measuring ground surface elevation changes in a slow-moving colluvial landslide using combinations of regional airborne lidar, UAV lidar, and UAV photogrammetric surveys, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology,

Crawford, M.M., Dortch, J.M., Koch, H.J., Zhu, Y., Haneberg, W.C., Wang, Z., and Bryson, L.S., 2022, Landslide risk assessment in eastern Kentucky, USA: Developing a regional scale, limited resource approach, Remote Sensing, 14,

Dashbold, B., Bryson, L.S., and Crawford, M.M., 2022, Landslide hazard and susceptibility maps derived from satellite and remote sensing data using limit equilibrium analysis and machine learning model, Natural Hazards,

Ahmed, F.S., Bryson, L.S., and Crawford, M.M., 2021, Prediction of seasonal variation of in-situ hydrologic behavior using an analytical transient infiltration model, Engineering Geology, 294,

Crawford, M.M., Dortch, J.M., Koch, H.J., Killen, A.A., Zhu, J., Zhu, Y., Bryson, L.S., and Haneberg, W.C., 2021, Using landslide-inventory for a combined bagged-trees and logistic regression approach to landslide susceptibility in eastern Kentucky, United States, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Mirus, B.B., Jones, E., Baum, R.L., Godt, J.W., Slaughter, S., Crawford, M.M., Lancaster, J., Stanley, T., Kirschbaum, D., Burns, W.J., Schmitt, R., Lindsey, K.O., McCoy, K., 2020, Landslides across the United States: Occurrence, susceptibility, and data limitations, Landslides,

Crawford, M.M., Bryson, L.S., Woolery, E.W., and Wang, Z., 2019, Long-term monitoring using soil-water relationships and electrical data to estimate suction stress, Engineering Geology, 251, p. 146–157.

Crawford, M.M., Bryson, L.S., Woolery, E.W., and Wang, Z., 2018, Using 2-D electrical resistivity imaging for joint geophysical and geotechnical characterization of shallow landslides, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 157, p. 37–46.

Crawford, M.M., and Bryson, L.S., 2018, Assessment of active landslides using field electrical measurements, Engineering Geology, v. 233, p. 146–159.

Crawford, M.M., Carpenter, Wang, Z., and Carpenter, N.S., 2016, Earthquake and Landslide Hazard Assessment, Communication, and Mitigation in Kentucky, In: Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future, Wessel G. and Greenburg, J., (eds.), Geological Society of America Special Paper 520, p. 359–369.

Crawford, M.M., Zhu, J., and Webb, S.E., 2015, Geologic, geotechnical, and geophysical investigation of a shallow landslide, eastern Kentucky, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 21, no. 3, p. 181–195.   

Zhu, J., Taylor, T.P., Currens, J.C., and Crawford, M.M., 2014, Improved karst sinkhole mapping in Kentucky using LiDAR techniques: a pilot study in Floyds Fork Watershed, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 76, no. 3, p. 207–216.

Fei, S., Crawford, M., and Schibig, J., 2010, Assisting natural resource management in Mammoth Cave National Park using geospatial technology, In: Hoalst-Pullen, N., and Patterson, M.W., (eds.), Geospatial technologies in environmental management: New York, Springer, p. 49–61.