Dr. Michalski, Joseph

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Dr. Michalski, Joseph

Associate Professor

I am a geologist and planetary scientist. I am most interested in how the geology of the early Earth led to the origin of life on this planet, and whether life might have formed elsewhere in the Solar System.
Remote sensing is the primary tool I use to study the mineralogy and geology of the planets. I also use laboratory and field research to investigate the mineralogy and geomorphology of deposits formed in hydrothermal, volcanic and sedimentary environments on Earth in order to better understand processes that operate throughout the Solar System.
I am also involved in mission planning and landing site selection for future missions to Mars, the Moon other Solar System objects. I am extremely interested in international collaboration, instrument and spacecraft development and creation of new, imaginative approaches to space exploration.

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EASC2408  Planetary Geology
EASC3405  Environmental Remote Sensing
CCST9067  Leaving Earth: Our Future in Space

Selected Publications

  1. Bishop, J.L., A.G. Fairen, J. R. Michalski, L. Gago-Duport, L. Baker, M. A. Velbel, C. Gross, and E. B. Rampe (2018). Surface clay formation during short-term warmer and wetter conditions on a largely cold ancient Mars, Nature Astronomy.
  2. Michalski, J. R. T.C. Onstott, S. J. Mojzsis, J. Mustard, Q. chan, P. B. Niles, and S. Stewart Johnson (2017), The Martian subsurface as a potential window into the origin of life, Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/s41561-017-0015-2
  3. Michalski, J. R., E. Z. Noe Dobrea, P. B. Niles and J. Cuadros (2017). Hydrothermal seafloor deposits in Eridania basin on Mars, Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS15978. 
  4. Niles, P. B., J. Michalski, D. W. Ming and D. C. Golden (2017). Elevated olivine weathering rates and sulfate formation at cryogenic temperatures on Mars, Nature Communications 8, 998
  5. Michalski, J. R., T. D. Glotch, L. R. Friedlander, M. D. Dyar, D. L. Bish, T. G. Sharp and J. Carter (2017), Shock metamorphism of clay minerals on Mars by meteor impact, Geophysical Research Letters, 44. DOI:10.1002/2017GL073423