Research Interests

    Professor Mutter's early research interests included marine seismology and tectonics, the study of physical mechanisms and processes associated with seafloor spreading, continental extension and the development of passive continental margins. Initial studies focused on rifting and volcanism in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. He continues those research thrusts with recent studies of active rifting in the Woodlark Basin off Papua New Guinea, as well as his other work on complex system dynamics. In recent years, he has used his expertise in the behavior of these systems, the inherent limits to their predictability as the basis for studying science-based issues of sustainable development. Currently, he is focusing on understanding how scientific advances made in developed countries can be used to elevate the condition of people in developing countries.

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