Publications -


The following list includes only refereed papers in refereed scientific journals.  It does not include numerous articles contributed to other publications, which are not refereed in the normal way.  These articles are available on request and those in Earth Matters can be found on the EI Web site at  Note particularly the statement from the 2004 State of the Planet Conference at .  

Significant additional information is available at my personal web site accessible from Earth Institute or Lamont main sites




Mutter, John C., 2005, The Earth Sciences, human well-being and the reduction of global poverty; Feature article Eos Transactions, April 19


Jacqueline S. Floyd John C. Mutter, and William Menke; Seismic evidence for a crustal-scale detachment fault in the Woodlark Basin, Science, submitted, May 200


Bell, R., J. Laird, S. Pfirman, J. Mutter, R. Balstad, and M. Cane,  2005 An experiment in institutional transformation:The NSF ADVANCE program for women at the Earth institute at Columbia University, Oceanogrphy, 18(1). 


Bell, R., Kastens, K, Miller, R., Cane, M, Mutter, J, and Pfirman, S,  2003 Righting the Balance, Gender Diversity in the Geosciences,   EOS Transactions, 84, 31, August 2003. 


Floyd, J.S., M. Tolstoy, J.C. Mutter, C. Scholz 2002.  Seismotectonics of Mid-Ocean  Ridge Propagation in Hess Deep.  Science, 289, 5599, 2002.


Correa, G.J.,  M. Spiegelman, S. Carbotte,  J.C. Mutter, 2002.  Centered and Staggered fourier

derivatives and Hlibert transforms:  Geophysics, Short Note2002


Floyd, J., J.C. Mutter, A.M. Goodliff, B. Taylor, 2001.  Evidence for Fault Weakness and Fluid

Flow Within an Actuve Low-Angle Normal FaultNature, Vol. 411, p. 779-783.


Mutter, J.C., and A. Lerner-Lam, 2000 edition in prep., Seismology: Imaging the Earth's Interior, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.


Takahashi, T., D. Goldberg, J. Mutter, 2000.  Secure, Long-Term Sequestration of CO2 In Deep Saline Aquifers Associated With Oceanic and Continental Basaltic Rocks. Proceedings of the SRI International Symposium “Deep Sea & CO2 2000”, February 1-2, 2000.  The Ship Research Institute, Mika, Japan. Session 4, 7 printed pages, 1415 Kbytes.


Mutter, J.C.,The Snovian Disjuncture and the State of the Planet, The Columbia Earth Institute:

Earth Matters, Pages 66-68, Winter 1999-2000.


Ponce-Correa, G., J.C. Mutter, S. Carbotte, 1999.  Fresnel Zone:  A Pitfall in Seismic Imaging of Mid-Ocean Ride Magma Lenses, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 26, No. 19, Pages 3021-3024.


Carbotte, S., C.Z. Mutter, J. C. Mutter, G. Ponce-Correa, 1998.  Influence of Magma Supply and Spreading Rate on Crustal Magma Bodies and Emplacement of the Extrusive Layer: Insights from the East Pacific Rise at Lat. 16N, Geology, Vol. 26, n.5, p. 455-458.


Ponce-Correa, G., J.C. Mutter, 1997.  A Free Boundary Condition for the Elastic Wave Equation in the Pseudospectral Method. SEG Annual Meeting, Expanded Abstracts, p. 1480-1484.


Carbotte, S.M., J.C. Mutter, L. Xu, 1997.  Contribution of Tectonism and Volcanism to Axial and Flank Morphology of the Southern EPR from a Study of Layer 2A Geometry, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 102, pp. 10, 165-10, 184.


Carbotte, S., C.Z. Mutter, J.C. Mutter, M. Spiegelman, G. Correa, M. McNutt, V. Bhat, R. Cruz-Orozco, 1996.  Influence of spreading rate and magma supply on crustal magma bodies:  Results from a Recent Seismic Study of the Shallow East Pacific Rise North of the Orozco Transform Fault, Ridge Events, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 1-4.


Hussenoeder, S.A., J.A. Collins, G.M. Kent, R.S. Detrick and the TERA Group - A.J. Harding, J.A. Orcutt, J.C. Mutter and P. Buhl, 1996.  Seismic Analysis of the Axial Magma Chamber Reflector along the Southern East Pacific Rise from Conventional Reflection Profiling, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 101, No. B10, p. 22, 087-22,105.


Barth, G.A. and J.C. Mutter, 1996. Variability in Oceanic Crustal Thickness and Structure:  Multichannel Seismic Reflection Results from the Northern East Pacific Rise, J. Geophys. Res., Vol 101, No. B8, p. 17, 951-17,975.


Mutter, J.C., C.Z. Mutter, J. Fang, 1996.  Analogies to Oceanic Behaviour in the Continental Breakup of the Western Woodlark Basin, Nature, Vol. 380, p. 333-336.


Mutter, J.C., 1995. Hot, Fat and Falling Apart?, Nature, Vol. 374, p. 499-500.


Mutter, J.C., S.M.Carbotte, W. Su, L. Xu, P. Buhl, R.S. Detrick, G.M. Kent, J.A. Orcutt and A.J. Harding, 1995.  Seismic Images of Active Magma Systems beneath the East Pacific Rise between 1705' and 1735'S, Science, Vol. 268, p. 391-395.


Caress, D.W., M. McNutt, R.S. Detrick and J.C. Mutter, 1995.  Seismic Imaging of Hotspot-Related Crustal Underplating beneath the Marquesas Islands, Nature, Vol. 373, p. 600-603.

Mutter, J.C., 1995.  Evolution of Ocean Basins, The Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, Macmillan Publishing Company.


Su, W., C.Z. Mutter, J.C. Mutter, and W.R. Buck, 1994.  Some Theoretical Predictions on the Relationships among Spreading Rate, Mantle Temperature, and Crustal Thickness, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 99, No. B2, p. 3215-3227.


Mutter, J.C., and A. Lerner-Lam, 1994.  Seismology: Imaging the Earth's Interior, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.


McGinnis, J. P., D. E. Hayes, J. C. Mutter, P.Buhl, and J. B. Diebold, 1994.  Fracture Zone Control on Continental Margin Development, Multichannel Seismic Survey along the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Journal, v. 28, #5.


Kent, G.M., A.J. Harding, J.A. Orcutt, R.S. Detrick, J.C. Mutter, and P. Buhl, 1993.  Uniform Accretion of Oceanic Crust South of the Garrett Transform at 14°15'S on the East Pacific Rise, J. Geophys. Res., 99, B5, p. 9097-9116.


Mutter, J.C., 1993.  MARGINS:  Toward a Novel Science Plan, EOS Transactions, Amer. Geophysical Union, Vol. 74, No. 48, p. 570-572.


Mutter, J.C., 1993.  Margins declassified, Nature, Vol. 364, p. 393-394.


Detrick, R.S., A.J. Harding, G.M. Kent, J.A. Orcutt, J.C. Mutter and P. Buhl, 1993.  Seismic Structure of the Southern East Pacific Rise, Science, Vol. 259, p. 499-503.


Morris, E., R.S. Detrick, T.A. Minshull, J.C. Mutter, R.S. White, W. Su, and P. Buhl, 1993.  Seismic Structure of Oceanic Crust in the western North Atlantic, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 98, No.B8, p. 13,879-13,903.


Mutter, C.Z. and J.C. Mutter, 1993.  Variations in Thickness of Layer 3 Dominate Oceanic Crustal Structure, Earth and Planetary Sci. Lett., Vol. 117, p. 295-317.


Mutter, J.C. and Detrick, 1992/3.  New Seismic Images of the Oceanic Crust, Oceanus,  Vol. 35 (4), p. 54-62.


Mutter, J.C. 1992.  Seismic Imaging of Seafloor Spreading, Science, Vol. 258, p. 1442-1443.


Mutter, J.C. and J. A. Karson. 1992.  Structural Processes at Slow-Spreading Ridges, Science, Vol. 257, p. 627-634.


Hopper, J.H., J.C. Mutter, R.L. Larson and the Northwest Australia Study Group, 1992. Magnetism and Rift Margin Evolution:  Evidence from Northwest Australia, Geology, Vol. 20, p. 853-857.


Minshull, T.A., R.S. White, J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl, R.S. Detrick, C.A. Williams, and E. Morris, 1991.  Crustal Structure at the Blake Spur Fracture Zone from Expanding Spread Profiles, Journal of Geophys. Res.,Vol. 96, No. B6, p. 9955-9984.

Madsen, J.A., R.S. Detrick, J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl, and J.A. Orcutt, 1991.  A Two-and Three-dimensional Analysis of Gravity Anomalies associated with the East Pacific Rise at 9°23'N and 13°23'N, Jour. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 95, p. 4967-4987.


Lorenzo, J., J.C. Mutter, R.L. Larson, and the N.W. Australia Study Group, 1991.Development of the Continent-Ocean Transform Boundary of the Southern Exmouth Plateau, Geology, Vol. 19, p. 843-846.

Barth, G., J.C. Mutter, and J. Madsen, 1991.  Sub-Moho Events beneath the Axis of the EPR: Possible Images of Mantle Structure, Geology, Vol. 19, p. 994-996.


Mutter, J.C., 1990.  MARGINS:  A New Conceptual Approach to Continental Margin Research, EOS, Vol. 71, No. 18, p. 679-688.


Detrick, R.S., J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl and I.I. Kim, 1990.  No Evidence from Multichannel Reflection Data for a Crustal Magma Chamber in the MARK area on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Nature, Vol. 47, No. 6288, p. 61-64.


White, R.S., R.S. Detrick, J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl, T.A. Minshull, E. Morris, 1990. New Seismic Images of Oceanic Crustal Structure, Geology, Vol. 18, p. 462-465.


Vera, E.E., J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl, J.A. Orcutt, J. Harding, M.E. Kappus, R.S. Detrick and T.M. Brocher, 1990.  The Structure of 0- to 0.2 m.y.-old Oceanic Crust at 9°23'N on the East Pacific Rise from Expanded Spread Profiles, Jour. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 95, B10, p. 15529-15556.


Zehnder, C. M., J.C. Mutter and P. Buhl, 1990.  Deep Seismic and Geochemical Constraints on the Nature of Rift Induced Magmatism during Breakup of the N. Atlantic, Tectonophysics, Vol. 173, p. 545-565.


Mutter, J.C., and B. Wernicke, 1989.  Comments on Rifting and Passive Margin Evolution in Light of some Recent Studies, in MARGINS: A Research Initiative for Interdisciplinary Studies of Processes Attending Lithospheric Extension and Convergence, p. 208-229, National Academy Press, Irvine, CA.

 Harding, A.J., J. Orcutt, M.E. Kappus, E.E. Vera, J.C. Mutter, P. Buhl, R. Detrick, and T.M. Brocher, 1989.  Structure of Young Oceanic Crust at 13°23'N on the East Pacific Rise from Expanded Spread Profiles, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 94 No. B9, p. 12,163-12,196.


Mithal, R. and J.C. Mutter, 1989.  A Low Velocity Zone within the Layer 3 Region of 118 Myr-old Oceanic Crust in the western North Atlantic, Geophysical Journal, Vol. 97, p. 275-294.


Mutter, J.C., R.L. Larson and N.W. Australia Study Group, 1989.  Extension of the Exmouth Plateau: Deep Seismic Reflection/Refraction Evidence for Simple and Pure Shear Mechanisms, Geology, Vol. 17, p. 15-18.


Mutter, J.C. and C.M. Zehnder, 1988.  Deep Crustal Structure and Magmatic Processes:  The inception of Seafloor Spreading in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, in Morton, A.C., and L.M. Parson, Eds., Early Tertiary Volcanism and the Opening of the NE Atlantic, Geological Society Special Publication, No. 39, p. 35-48.

McCarthy, J., J.C. Mutter, J.L. Morton, N.H. Sleep, and G.A. Thompson, 1988.  Relic Magma Chamber Structures preserved within the Mesozoic North Atlantic Crust?, Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer., Vol. 100, p. 1423-1436.


Mutter, J.C., R.W. Buck and C.M. Zehnder, 1988.  Convective Partial Melting I:  A Model for the Formation of Thick Basaltic Sequences during the Initiation of Spreading, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 93 (B2), p. 1031-1048.


Diebold, J.B., P.L. Stoffa and The LASE Study Group, 1988.  A Large Aperture Seismic Experiment in the Baltimore Canyon Trough.  In:  Sheridan, R.E. and Grow, J.S., Eds., The Geology of North America, Volume I-2, The Atlantic Continental Margin: U.S., Geological Society of America, p. 387-398.


Hegarty, K.A., Weissel, J.K., and Mutter, J.C., 1988.  Subsidence History of Australian Southern Margin: Constraints on Basin Evolution, Amer. Assoc. of Petrol. Geol. Bull., Vol.72 (5), p. 615-633.


Vera, E. and J.C. Mutter, 1988.  Crustal Structure in the ROSE Area of the East Pacific Rise from Inversion of Digitally Recorded Sonobuoys and Expanded Spread Profiles, J. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 93 (B6), p. 6635-6648.


Mutter, J.C., G.A. Barth, P. Buhl, R.S. Detrick, J. Orcutt and A. Harding, 1988.  Magma Distribution across Ridge-Axis Discontinuities on the East Pacific Rise from Multichannel Seismic Images, Nature, Vol. 336, No. 9195, p. 156-158.


Lorenzo, J.M., and J.C. Mutter, 1988. Seismic Stratigraphy and Tectonic Evolution of the Falkland/ Malvinas Plateau, Revista Brasileira de Geociencias, 18(2), p. 191-200.


Hinz, K., J.C., Mutter, C.M. Zehnder and the NGT Study Group, 1987.  Symmetric Conjugation of Continent-Ocean Boundary Structures along the Norwegian and East Greenland Margins, Marine & Petrol. Geol., Vol.4 (3), p. 165-187.


Detrick, R.S., P. Buhl, E. Vera, J. Mutter, J. Orcutt, J. Madsen and T. Brocher, 1987.  Multi-channel Seismic Imaging of a Crustal Magma Chamber along the East Pacific Rise, Nature, Vol. 326, No. 6108, p. 35-41.


Eldholm, O. and J.C. Mutter, 1986.  Basin Structure on the Norwegian Margin from Analysis of digitally recorded sonobuoys, J. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 91, No. B3, p. 3763-3783.


LASE Study Group, 1986.  Deep Structure of the U.S. East Coast Passive Margin from the Large Aperture Seismic Experiment (LASE), Marine and Petrol. Geol., Vol. 3, p. 235-242.


Mutter, J.C., 1986.  Seismic Images of Plate Boundaries, Scientific American, February, 1986,  p. 66-75.


Mutter, J.C. and R. Newmark, 1986.  Seismic Response of Detailed Structure in Deep Sea Drilling Project Hole 504-B:  Synthetic Seismograms in the Domain of Intercept Time and Ray Parameter, Initial Rpts. of the Deep Sea Drilling Project, Vol. XCII, Washington, D.C.


Mutter, J.C. and NAT Study Group, 1985.  Multichannel Seismic Images of the Oceanic Crust's Internal Structure:  Evidence for a Magma Chamber beneath the Mesozoic Mid-Atlantic Ridge,  Geology, Vol. 13, p. 629-632.


Mutter, J.C., K.A. Hegarty, S.C. Cande and J.K. Weissel, 1985.  Breakup between Australia and Antarctica:  A Brief Review in the Light of New Data, Tectonophys., Vol. 114, p. 255-279.


Mutter, J.C., 1985.  Seaward Dipping Reflectors and the Continent-Ocean Boundary at Passive Continental Margins, Proceedings of 1983 IUGG Conf., Tectonophys., Vol. 114, p. 117-131.

North Atlantic Transect Study Group, 1985.  North Atlantic Transect: A Wide Aperture, Two-Ship Multichannel Seismic Investigation of the Oceanic Crust, J. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 90, No. B12, p. 10,321-10,341.


Mutter, J.C., 1984.  Cenozoic and Late Mesozoic Stratigraphy, Structure and Subsidence History of the Norwegian Margin, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., Vol. 95, p. 1135-1149.


Mutter J.C., R. Detrick, and the NAT Study Group, 1984.  Multichannel Seismic Evidence for Anomalously Thin Crust at the Blake Spur Fracture Zone, Geology, Vol. 12, p. 534-537.


Mutter, J.C., M. Talwani and P.L. Stoffa, 1984.  Evidence for a Thick Oceanic Crust Adjacent to the Norwegian Margin, J. Geophys. Res. 89 (B1), p. 483-502.


Talwani, M., J.C. Mutter, P.L. Stoffa and O. Eldholm, 1984.  Comments on a paper by Smythe et al., entitled, Early Opening History of the North Atlantic, I. Structure and Origin of the Faeroe-Shetland Escarpment, Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc.


Mutter, J.C., 1983.  Structure within Oceanic Crust off the Norwegian Margin, in  Bally, A.W., Ed., Seismic Expression of Structural Styles, Am. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Studies in Geology Series #15, Vol. 2, p. 2.2.3-36 to 2.2.3-38.


Mutter, J.C. and S.C. Cande, 1983. The Early Opening between Broken Ridge and Kerguelen Plateau, Earth and Planet Sci. Lett., Vol. 65, p. 369-376.


Talwani, M., J.C. Mutter and K. Hinz, 1983. Ocean Continent Boundary under the Norwegian Continental Margin, in Bott, M.H.P., Saxov, S., Talwani, M., and Thiede, J., Eds., Structure and Development of the Scotland-Greenland  Ridge:  New Methods and Concepts, Plenum Press, New York, New York, p. 121-132.


Cande, S.C. and J.C. Mutter, 1982. A Revised Interpretation of Seafloor Spreading Magnetic Anomalies between Australia and Antarctica, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 58,  p.151-160.


Coleman, P.K., J.C. Mutter and P. Michael, 1982. Dredged Rocks from the Naturaliste Plateau: Implications for its Origin, J. of Geol. Soc. Aust., Vol. 29, p. 457-468.


Mutter, J.C., M. Talwani and P.L. Stoffa, 1982.  Origin of Seaward-Dipping Reflectors in Oceanic Crust off the Norwegian Margin by "Sub-Aerial Seafloor Spreading", Geology, Vol. 10,  p.353-357.


Falvey, D.A. and J.C. Mutter, 1981. Regional Plate Tectonics and the Evolution of Australia's Passive Continental Margins, the Post-Breakup Evolution, BMR J. Aust. Geol. and Geophysics, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1-29.


Nicholls, I.A., J. Ferguson, H. Jones, G.P. Marks and J.C. Mutter, 1981. Ultramafic Blocks from the Ocean Floor Southwest of Australia, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 56, p. 362-374.


Talwani, M., J.C. Mutter and O. Eldholm, 1981.  The Initiation of Opening of the Norwegian Sea, Oceanologica Acta, No. SP, p. 23-30.


Johnson, R.W., J.C. Mutter and R. Arculus, 1979.  Origin of the Willaumez-Manus Rise, Papua New Guinea, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 44, p. 247-260.


Larson, R.L., J.C. Mutter, J.B. Diebold, G.B. Carpenter and P. Symonds, 1979.  Cuvier Basin:  A Product of Ocean Crust Formation by Early Cretaceous Rifting off Western Australia, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 45, p. 105-114.


Talwani, M., J.C. Mutter, R.E. Houtz and M. Konig, 1979.  The Crustal Structure and Evolution of the Area Underlying the Magnetic Quiet Zone on the Margin South of Australia, in Watkins, J.S., Montadert, L. and Dickerson, P.W., Eds.,  Geological and Geophysical Investigations of Continental Margins, Am. Assoc. Petrol. Geol., Memoir 29, p. 151-176.


Jongsma, D. and J.C. Mutter, 1978.  Non-Axial Breaching of a Rift Valley:  Evidence from Lord Howe Rise and the Eastern Margin of Australia, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., Vol. 39, p. 226-234.


Mutter, J.C. and D. Jongsma, 1978.  The Pattern of the Pre-Tasman Sea Rift System and the Geometry of Breakup, Bull. Aust. Soc. Explor. Geophys., Vol. 9, No. 3, p. 70-75.


Mutter, J.C. and G. Karner, 1978.  Cretaceous Taphrogeny in the Coral Sea, Bull. Aust. Soc. Explor. Geophys., Vol. 9, No. 3, p. 82-87.


Mutter, J.C. and G. Karner, 1978.  The Evolution of the Continental Margin off Northeast Australia- a review, in Henderson, R.A., Ed., Geophysics of Northeastern Australia, Geol. Soc. Aust., Brisbane, p. 47-69.


Talwani, M., J.C. Mutter, R.E. Houtz and M. Konig, 1978.  The Margin South of Australia – Continental Margin Paleorift, in Ramberg, I.B. and Newmann, E.R., Eds., Tectonics and Geophysics of  Continental Rifts, Reidel Publishing Co., p. 203-219.


Mutter, J.C., 1977.  The Margin South of Australia and the Problems of Initial Rifting, BMR J. Aust. Geol. and Geophys. (abstract), Vol. 2, No. 3.


Mutter, J.C., 1977.  The Queensland Plateau, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Bulletin, p. 179.


Mutter, 1976.  The Relation Between Basin Evolution and Marginal Plateau Subsidence in the Coral Sea, in Glasby and Katz, Eds, Committee for Coordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in the South Pacific Offshore Areas (CCOP/SOPAC), Tech Bull. No.2.


Mutter, J.C., 1975.  Basin Evolution and Marginal Plateau Subsidence in the Coral Sea, Bull. Aust. Soc. Explor. Geophys. Vol. 6, No. 2/3.


Mutter, J.C., 1975.  CCOP/SOPAC and IDOE International Scientific Workshop on the Geology, Mineral Resources and Geophysics of the South Pacific, notes compiled in preparation for workshop discussions, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust., p. 142.


Mutter, J.C., 1975.  Magnetometer Shore Stations for the Continental Margin Survey, 1970-73, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Rec., p. 116.


Mutter, J.C., 1975.  A Structural Analysis of the Gulf of Papua and Northwest Coral Sea, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Report, p. 179.


Mutter, J.C., 1974.  Geophysical Results from the Coral Sea: Continental Margins Survey Report, Bur. Mineral Resources Aust. Rec., p. 116.


Mutter, J.C., 1973.  Aspects of the Structure and Tectonic History of the Continental Margin of Northern Queensland, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Rec., p. 107.


Mutter, J.C., 1972.  Marine Geophysical Survey of the Bismarck Sea and Gulf of Papua, 1970.  A Structural Analysis of the Gulf of Papua and Northwest Coral Sea Region, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Rec., p. 134.


Mutter, J.C., 1972.  A Recent Geophysical Reconnaissance of the Gulf of Papua and Northwest Coral Sea, Bur. Miner. Res. Aust. Rec., p. 122.