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Mike Summers

Professor, Planetary Science
Director, School of Physics, Astronomy, & Computational Sciences
Affiliate, Space Weather Lab 







Office: 301 Planetary Hall  Fairfax, Va. 22030
Phone: 703.993.3971
Fax: 703.993.1269 


Current Research Interests
Michael E. Summers is a planetary scientist who pecializes 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. 

Teaching Interests


PHYS 111 Introduction ot the Fundamentals of Atmosphere Science

ASTR 401 Astrobiology
ASTR 403  Planetary Sciences
ASTR 710 Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology
PHYS 676/CSI 755    Atmospheric Physics II: Atmospheric Dynamics

Astrobiology summer course June 24- June 30, 2012

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