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Dr. Michael Sori

Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Sori
Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s):

Google Scholar , Geology & Geophysics , Planetary Science , Personal Website


  • 2014, PhD, Planetary Science, MIT
  • 2008, BA, Physics, Duke University
  • 2008, BS, Mathematics, Duke University

Recent Classes Taught

  • EAPS 58000, Geodynamics
  • EAPS 59100, Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus
  • EAPS 35400, Plate Tectonics/Earth and Planetary Geophysics

Research Interests

Dr. Sori and his research group broadly study planetary geophysics of the solid worlds in the Solar System, including Mars, the Moon, Ceres, icy satellites, and more. Specific topics of interest include planetary interiors, volcanism and cryovolcanism, planetary surfaces, and icy processes. Dr. Sori and his group also study how best to conduct future geophysics-themed exploration of our Solar System with spacecraft missions.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award
  • Teaching Honor Roll, Purdue University
  • NASA RHG Exceptional Achievement for Science Award: The Dawn Science Team, Ceres encounter
  • University of Arizona Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award
  • NASA RHG Exceptional Achievement for Science Award: The LRO Science Mission Team

Selected Mentorship

  • Mariana Blanco-Rojas, PhD advisor
  • Kristel Izquierdo, Postdoctoral research advisor
  • Stephanie Menten, PhD advisor
  • Ian Pamerleau, PhD advisor

Selected Publications

(see Google Scholar page or Research Group website for full list)

* = shared first-authorship

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