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Michael Summers


Michael E. Summers, professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, is a planetary scientist who specializes in the study of structure and evolution of planetary atmospheres. His planetary research has dealt with the chemistry and thermal structure of the atmospheres of Io (one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter), Titan (largest of Saturn’s moons), Uranus, Neptune, Triton (largest moon of Neptune), Pluto, and Mars. Dr. Summers’ research on the Earth’s atmosphere has focused on understanding middle atmospheric ozone chemistry, coupled chemical-dynamical-radiative modeling of active trace gases, heterogeneous chemistry on meteor dust, the influence of solar variability on the state of the stratosphere and mesosphere, and polar mesospheric clouds and their connection to climate.

He also has history as associate Professor of Computational Sciences and Physics, and as Research Physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, 1988-2000. While at NRL, he earned several notable awards, among them the NASA Group Achievement Award: ARES Mission Concept Development Team, and the Alan J. Berman Research Publication Award: Naval Research Laboratory.

Dr. Summers earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, Planetary Science and Astronomy, in 1985, his MS at The University of Texas at Dallas, Space Physics, 1978, his BA from Murray State University in 1976, and completed a Program for Russian Studies as part of the Council for International Educational Exchange at Leningrad State University, 1975.

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Contact Information
Office: 203B Planetary Hall
Telephone: 703.993.3971
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00–3:00 PM.