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Michael A. Mischna
Group Supervisor

Education
  • B.S. (Honors) in Atmospheric Science, Cornell University (1997)
  • M.S. in Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University (1999)
  • M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics, UCLA (2002)
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics, UCLA (2004)

Research Interests
  • Martian Climate: Climate evolution, orbital cycles, surface ice distribution through time, surface/regolith interactions, present climate
  • Atmospheric Evolution: Giant Impacts, volatile contribution/retention following impacts, origin and evolution of Earth's early atmosphere, differences between terrestrial atmospheres
  • Planetary Atmospheres: Planetary weather and climate, radiative transfer, photochemistry, comparative climatology, spacecraft observations of weather

Projects

MSL - Mars Science Laboratory Icon MSL - Mars Science Laboratory

The Curiosity rover landed at Gale Crater on August 5, 2012. It is designed to search for and assess past or present habitable environments, i.e., those capable of supporting microbial life.


InSight Icon InSight
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.


Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2004-present)
    • Entry, Descent and Landing Team, InSight Mission (2012-present)
    • Supervisor, Earth and Planetary Atmospheres Group (2010-present)
    • Co-Investigator, Mars Science Laboratory (2011-present)
    • Co-Investigator, NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets Program (2011-present)
    • Co-Investigator, NASA Planetary Atmospheres Program (2008-present)
    • Principal Investigator, NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program (2007-present)
    • Investigation Scientist, Nadir and Occultation for Mars Discovery (NOMAD), ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (2011-2012)
    • Entry, Descent and Landing Team, Mars Science Laboratory (2007-2012)
    • Entry, Descent and Landing Team, Mars Phoenix Mission (2005-2008)

Selected Awards
  • Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL DAN Instrument Development and Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Project Operations Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL REMS Instrument Development and Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team (2013)
  • JPL Mariner Award (2010)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (Phoenix Development/Mission Team)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (Phoenix Entry, Descent & Landing Team)
  • JPL Mariner Award (2009)
  • JPL Merit Award (2008)
  • UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences Waggoner Fellowship (2003-2004)
  • UCLA Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics Fellowship (1999-2001)
  • CalSpace Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • UCLA Graduate Fellowship (1999)

Selected Publications
  1. Mischna, M.A., V. Baker, R. Milliken, M. Richardson and C. Lee, Effects of Obliquity and Water Vapor/Trace Gas Greenhouses in the Early Martian Climate, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1029/2012JE004200, 2013 (in press).
  2. Mischna, M.A., C. Lee and M. Richardson, Development of a Fast, Accurate Radiative Transfer Model for the Martian Atmosphere, Past and Present, J. Geophys. Res., 117, E10009, doi:10.1029/2012JE004110, 2012.
  3. Vasavada, A.R., A. Chen, J.R. Barnes, P.D. Burkhart, B.A. Cantor, A.M. Dwyer-Cianciolo, R.L. Fergason, D.P. Hinson, H.L. Justh, D.M. Kass, S.R. Lewis, M.A. Mischna, J.R. Murphy, S.C.R. Rafkin, D. Tyler and P.G. Withers, Assessment of Environments for Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent and surface operations, Space Sci. Rev., doi:10.1007/s11214-012-9911-3, 2012.
  4. Lian, Y., M.I. Richardson, C.E. Newman, C. Lee, A.D. Toigo, M.A. Mischna and J.-M. Campin, The Ashima/MIT Mars GCM and argon in the martian atmosphere, Icarus, 218, 1043-1070, 2012.
  5. Lee, C., W.G. Lawson, M.I. Richardson, J.L. Anderson, N.Collins, T. Hoar and M.A. Mischna, Demonstration of Ensemble Data Assimilation for Mars using DART, MarsWRF, and Radiance Observations from MGS TES, J. Geophys. Res., 116(E11), doi:10.1029/2011JE003815, 2011.
  6. Mischna, M.A., M. Allen, M.I. Richardson, C.E. Newman and A.D. Toigo, Atmospheric modeling ofMars methane surface releases, Planet. Space Sci., 59, 227-237, 2011.
  7. Mischna, M.A., et al., Atmospheric Science Research Priorities for Mars, White Paper submitted to NRC Decadal Survey, 2011-2020.
  8. Farmer, J., M. Allen, T. Hoeller and M.A. Mischna, Astrobiology Research Priorities for Mars, White Paper submitted to NRC Decadal Survey, 2011-2020.
  9. Johnson, S.S., A.A. Pavlov and M.A. Mischna, The fate of SO2 in the ancient martian atmosphere: Implications for transient greenhouse warming, J. Geophys. Res. doi:10.1029/2008JE003313, 2009.
  10. Mischna, M.A., S. Lee, M. Allen and R.J. Terrile, Use of evolutionary computation for isolating surface emissions from orbit, Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2009.
  11. Johnson, S.S., M.A. Mischna, T.L. Grove and M.T. Zuber, Sulfur-induced greenhouse warming on early Mars, J. Geophys. Res. 113 E08005, doi:10.1029/2007JE002962, 2008.
  12. Mischna, M. A. and M. I. Richardson, A reanalysis of water abundances in the martian atmosphere at high obliquity, Geophys. Res. Lett. 32 L03201, doi:10.1029/2004GL021865, 2005.
  13. Richardson, M. I. and M. A. Mischna, The long-term evolution of transient liquid water on Mars, J. Geophys. Res. 110 E03003, doi:10.1029/2004JE002367, 2005.
  14. Mischna, M.A., M.I. Richardson, R.J. Wilson and D.J. McCleese, On the orbital forcing of martian water and CO2 cycles: A general circulation model study with simplified volatile schemes. J. Geophys. Res., 108(E6) 5062, doi:10.1029/2003JE002051, 2003.
  15. Mischna, M.A., J.F. Kasting, A. Pavlov and R. Freedman, Influence of carbon dioxide clouds on early martian climate. Icarus, 145, 546-554, 2000.
  16. Mischna, M.A., Bell, J.F., III, James, P.B. and Crisp, D. Synoptic measurements of martian winds using the Hubble Space Telescope. Geophys. Res. Lett., 25:5, 611-614, 1998.

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