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Mark Panning

Mark Panning has had a long focus on determining the interior structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies. After completing his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on modeling 3D structure of the Earth’s mantle using seismic tomography, he stayed on at Berkeley to do postdoctoral research extending seismic approaches to modeling how to use potential seismic data from Europa.

After spending several years on the faculty of the University of Florida, dividing his research between terrestrial and planetary seismology interest, he came to JPL in 2017 to focus on planetary applications of seismology. He is a Co-Investigator on the InSight mission to Mars, and has also worked on modeling possible seismic signals on Europa, Titan, Enceladus and other icy ocean worlds, and is deeply interested in any way to get seismic data back from other planetary bodies.

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Ph.D., Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley (2004)

B.S., Geological Sciences, Indiana University (1999)


Research Interests

Use of seismological and other geophysical data to determine interior structure and seismic activity of planetary bodies, primarily focusing on Mars and Europa.


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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
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Lab/California Institute of Technology (2017-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Florida (2008-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University (2006-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Berkeley Seismological Lab/Space Sciences Lab (2004-2006)

Selected Publications
  1. M.P. Panning, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt, R. Garcia, M. Golombek, S. Kedar, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, A. Mocquet, N.A. Teanby, J. Tromp, R. Weber, E. Beucler, J.-F. Blanchette-Guertin, M. Drilleau, T. Gudkova, S. Hempel, A. Khan, V. Lekic, A.-C. Plesa, A. Rivoldini, N. Schmerr, Y, Ruan, O. Verhoeven, C. Gao, U. Christensen, J. Clinton, V. Dehant, D. Giardini, D. Mimoun, W. T. Pike, S. Smrekar, M. Wieczorek, M. Knapmeyer, and J. Wookey, "Planned products of the Mars Structure Service for the InSight mission to Mars", Space Sci. Rev., doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0317-5, 2016.
  2. A. Khan, M. van Driel, M. Böse, D. Giardini, S. Ceylan, J. Yan, J. Clinton, F. Euchner, P. Lognonné, M.P. Panning, M. Knapmeyer, and W.B. Banerdt, "Single-station and single-event marsquake location and inversion for structure using synthetic Martian waveforms", Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 258, 28-42, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2016.05.017, 2016.
  3. Panning, M.P., E. Beucler, M. Drilleau, A. Mocquet, P. Lognonné, W.B. Banerdt, “Verifying single-station seismic approaches using Earth-based data: Preparation for data return from the InSight mission to Mars,” Icarus, 248, 230-242, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.10.035, 2015.
  4. Weber, R., M.P. Panning, N. Schmerr, and M. Knapmeyer, “Modeling approaches in planetary seismology,” chapter in Extraterrestrial Seismology, ed. V. Tong and R. Garcia, Cambridge University Press, doi: 2015
  5. Panning, M.P., V. Lekic, M. Manga, F. Cammarano, and B.A. Romanowicz, “Long-period Seismology on Europa: 2. Predicted Seismic Response,” J. Geophys. Res., 111, E12008, 2006.
  6. Cammarano, F., V., Lekic, M. Manga, M.P. Panning, and B.A. Romanowicz, “Long-period Seismology on Europa: 1. Physically Consistent Interior Models,” J. Geophys. Res., 111, E12009, 2006.

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