Michael Manga studies the geological processes that shape Earth’s surface. This includes understanding the reasons why planets have volcanoes, why those volcanoes erupt in so many different ways, and how those volcanic eruptions affect climate and other Earth systems. He studies how geological processes affect and are affected by groundwater, including the formation of geysers, the effects of earthquakes on fluid flow in Earth’s crust, and the origin of springs and mud volcanoes. He also studies similar processes on other planets, including the eruption of water on icy satellites in the outer solar system, and deciphering the coupled history of water and volcanism on Mars.
- National Academy of Sciences, 2018
- Bunsen Medal, European Geoscience Union, 2011
- MacArthur Fellow, 2005
- Donath Medal, Geological Society of America, 2003
- Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2002
- Wang, C. Y., & Manga, M. (2021). Water and Earthquakes, Springer, Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences, 387 pp, ISBN 978-3-030-64307-2.
- Manga, M., Zhai, G., & Wang, C. Y. (2019). Squeezing marsquakes out of groundwater. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(12), 6333-6340, doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082892.
- Citron, R. I., Manga, M., & Hemingway, D. J. (2018). Timing of oceans on Mars from shoreline deformation. Nature, 555(7698), 643-646, doi:10.1038/nature26144.
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