Dr. Michalski, Joseph

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Dr. Michalski, Joseph

Associate Professor

I am currently offering opportunities for Masters and PhD students to work on exciting research in Astrobiology and Planetary Science. Projects can be remote sensing based or laboratory based (or a combination of both). Some of the exciting topics include exploring lakes and seas on Mars, exploring hydrothermal and volcanic deposits on Mars, and landing site selection for future missions. Our team is also exploring biosignatures withing ancient (and recent) rocks on Earth.

At HKU, I operate the Planetary Spectroscopy and Mineralogy Laboratory (PSML), which is designed to characterize the mineralogy of rocks, minerals and planetary materials from the sub-micrometer scale, to millimeter scales, hand sample scales, and on to remote sensing spatial scales.

If you are looking for graduate school or postdoc opportunities and want to join a hardworking, friendly team of colleagues, please get in touch. 
Scholarships  are not mandatory, but may be available for excellent students. These competitive, but well paid scholarships require early applications, so please pay attention to the published dates and deadlines.

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

Selected Publications

  1. Liu, J., J. Michalski, and M. F. Zhou (2021), Intense Subaerial Weathering of Eolian Sediments in Gale Crater, Mars Science Advances, Vol. 7, no. 32, eabh2687.  [led by PhD student]
  2. Liu,, J. J. R. Michalski, W. Tan, H. He, L. Xiao, B. Ye (2021), Anoxic chemical weathering under a reducing greenhouse on early Mars, Nature Astronomy.   [led by PhD student]
  3. Baccolo, G., B. Delmonte, P. B. Niles, G. Cibin, Elena Di Stefano, D.Hampai, L. Keller, V. Maggi, A. Marcelli, J. R. Michalski, C. Snead and M. Frezzotti (2021), Jarosite formation in deep Antarctic ice provides a window into acidic, water-limited weathering on Mars, Nature Communications, 12, article 436.
  4. Michalski, J. R. T.C. Onstott, S. J. Mojzsis, J. Mustard, Q. chan, P. B. Niles, and S. Stewart Johnson (2018), The Martian subsurface as a potential window into the origin of life, Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/s41561-017-0015-2
  5. 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