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MIT Based Faculty

Andrew Babbin,  Assistant Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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global biogeochemical cycles, nitrogen metabolisms, microfluidics, chemical-microbial interactions

Kristin Bergmann,  Assistant Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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sedimentology, clumped isotope geochemistry, geobiology, Precambrian Earth History

Tanja Bosak,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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molecular and morphological biomarkers, molecular microbiology, fossilization, microbial and algal ecophysiology

Edward A. Boyle,  Professor
Joint Program Director
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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paleoceanography; trace element geochemistry; sediment geochemistry

Sallie W. Chisholm,  Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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phytoplankton

Otto Cordero,  Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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Microbial community ecology, microbial interactions, marine particles, genomics, theoretical ecology

Timothy Cronin,  Assistant Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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Global climate, atmospheric dynamics and radiation, idealized modeling

Kerry A. Emanuel,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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global climate, tropical cyclone activity

John M. Essigmann,  Professor
Chemistry, Toxicology and Biological Engineering,  MIT
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toxicology

Raffaele Ferrari,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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upper ocean processes, mixing, stirring, geophysical fluid dynamics

John Fisher,  Senior Research Scientist
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab,  MIT
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Glenn Flierl,  Professor
Chair, Joint Committee for Physical Oceanography
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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geophysical fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves, eddies, bio-physical interactions

Mick Follows,  Professor
Chair, Joint Committee for Biological Oceanography
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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ocean circulation, biogeochemical cycles, numerical modeling, observations

Gregory P. Fournier,  Associate Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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Alan D. Grossman,  Professor
Biology,  MIT
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microbiology

Timothy L. Grove,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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experimental phase equilibrium and kinetic studies to develop an understanding of the chemical evolution of the earth’s mantle at ocean spreading centers; mantle melting processes that lead to the generation of mid-ocean ridge basalts and crystallization and chemical differentiation that accompanies the formation of oceanic crust

Philip M. Gschwend,  Professor
Associte Director of the Joint Program
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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environmental organic chemistry

Bradford Hager,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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Numerical modelling of solid-state convection at high Rayleigh numbers; study of the Earth’s gravity field; core-mantle coupling; space-geodetic observations of surface deformation; dynamical processes in the interiors of the terrestrial planets

David E. Housman,  Professor
Biology,  MIT
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genetics

Jonathan How,  Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics,  MIT
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Oliver Jagoutz,  Professor
Chair, Joint Committee for Marine Geology and Geophysics
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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geology

Roger D. Kamm,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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biomechanics, physiology

Sertac Karaman,  Associate Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics,  MIT
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robotics, control systems, transportation and logistics

Jonathan King,  Professor
Biology,  MIT
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proteins

John J. Leonard,  Professor
Associte Director of the Joint Program
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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sensor data fusion, autonomous underwater vehicles, adaptive echolocation

Pierre Lermusiaux,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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Nicholas Makris,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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acoustical oceanography, underwater imaging, matched field tomography

John Marshall,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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ocean modeling, climate, biogeochemical cycles, geophysical fluid dynamics

David McGee,  Associate Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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paleoclimatology, isotope geochemistry, U-Th geochronology

Brent Minchew,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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geophysics, glaciology, ice-sheet dynamics, remote sensing observations of ice flow, fluid and solid mechanics

Heidi M. Nepf,  Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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turbulence, wave-breaking, estuaries

Shuhei Ono,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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stable isotope, biogeochemical cycle, mass-independent fractionation, deep biosphere, hydrothermal deposit, Archean

Alan Oppenheim,  Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,  MIT
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signal processing, geophysical signal processing, chaotic and fractal signals

Thomas Peacock,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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Matej Pec,  Assistant Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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experimental rock deformation, melting and melt migration, semi-brittle flow, fault rocks

Taylor Perron,  Professor
Associate Department Head
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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geomorphology, planetary surface processes, landscape evolution, self-organization

Desiree Plata,  Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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environmental chemistry, environmentally and economically sustainable design

Wim van Rees,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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Bio-inspired propulsion, Numerical methods for fluids and
structures, and Shape-changing elastic structures

Daniel H. Rothman,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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numerical models of nonlinear dynamical systems, fluid dynamics, and pattern formation; theoretical models of rock physics; numerical methods for seismology

Nicholas Roy,  Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics,  MIT
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autonomy, planning, machine learning

Leigh H. Royden,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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regional geology and geophysics; plate tectonics, thermal effects of continental deformation; mechanics of large-scale continental deformation; lithospheric flexure; continental extensions and sedimentary basin formation; uplift and erosion in mountain belts

Serguei Saavedra,  Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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ecological networks

Themistoklis Sapsis,  Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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Reduced order modeling of chaotic and turbulent flows, quantification of extreme events in nonlinear systems, targeted energy transfer in mechanical systems, engergy harvesting from stochastic sources

Henrik Schmidt,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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numerical modeling, seismo-acoustic propagation

Alexander Slocum,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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precision machine design, symbiotic systems, sargassum sequestration, ocean mining

Roger E. Summons,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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biogeochemistry and geobiology with the following themes: lipid chemistry of geologically significant microbes and microbially dominated ecostsyems; organic and isotopic indicators of climate change, biotic evolution and mass extinction; age- and environment-diagnostic biomarkers in sediments and petroleum; Archean, Proterozoic and extraterrestrialbiogeochemical fossils

Alexandra H. Techet,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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Russ Tedrake,  Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,  MIT
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Michael Triantafyllou,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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fluid-structure interactions, autonomous underwater vehicles

Robert van der Hilst,  Professor
Department Head
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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seismic tomography; studies of earth structure with emphasis on mantle beneath convergent plate boundaries; tectonic evolution of subduction systems; mantle dynamics; structure and evolution of continental lithosphere; field studies with portable seismometers

J. Kim Vandiver,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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flow-induced vibration, dynamics of offshore structures

Benjamin Weiss,  Professor
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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planetary history, paleomagnetism, early Earth, dynamo, Mars, Moon, asteroids, meteorites, planetary habitability and climate

Brian Williams,  Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics,  MIT
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Dick K.P. Yue,  Professor
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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vortex dynamics, wave kinematics, hydromechanics

Maria T. Zuber,  Professor
Vice President for Research
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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theoretical modeling of geophysical processes; models of lithosphere deformation and the physics of volcanism; relationships between gravity, topography, and tectonic features in determining the mechanical structures and states of stress in planetary lithospheres; development and implementation of space-based laser ranging systems

MIT Emeritus Faculty

Arthur B. Baggeroer,  Professor Emeritus
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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sonar, ocean acoustics, adaptive arrays

J. Brian Evans,  Professor Emeritus
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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effect of fluids and iimpurities on strength; interrelationships of porosity, permeability; and plastic flow

Frederick A. Frey,  Professor Emeritus
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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utilization of elemental and isotopic abundances to understand evolution of the earth’s mantle and the petrogenesis of igneous rocks in different tectonic settings; ongoing projects include studies of Indian ocean ridge basalts (plate divergence), Andean volcanism (plate convergence), and intraplate basaltic volcanism in oceanic (Hawaii, Iceland) and continental settings (China).

Harold F. Hemond,  Professor Emeritus
Civil and Environmental Engineering,  MIT
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biogeochemistry and hydrology of wetlands; chemical limnology; in-situ instrumentation

Nancy Hopkins,  Professor Emeritus
Biology,  MIT
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developmental biology

Jerome H. Milgram,  Professor Emeritus
Mechanical Engineering,  MIT
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dynamics, numerical simulations, ocean measurements

Paola Rizzoli,  Professor Emeritus
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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climate, general ocean circulation, ecosystem models, data assimilation

Carl Wunsch,  Professor Emeritus
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  MIT
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global ocean circulation, altimetry, inverse methods and state estimation, mixing processes, tides, internal waves, paleoclimate