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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Manga, Michael
Location University of California, Berkeley
Primary Field Geology
Secondary Field Geophysics
 Election Citation
Manga is a widely recognized leading geologist of unusually broad interests-experimental and theoretical fluid mechanics, mantle flow and convection, properties of magma and volcanology, groundwater and hydrology, planetary science, and high-pressure mineralogy. His internationally recognized work includes elegant experimental and theoretical work, and creative field studies.
 Research Interests
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.

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