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Mark Panning

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-301

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


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 interests, he came to JPL in 2017 to focus on planetary applications of seismology. He is currently the Project Scientist and Co-Investigator on the InSight mission to Mars, and is also a Co-Investigator on the Dragonfly mission to Titan ( currently in development. He 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)

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)

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.

Selected Publications

  1. M. P. Panning, W. T. Pike, P. Lognonné, W. B. Banerdt, N. Murdoch, D. Banfield, C. Charalambous, S. Kedar, R. D. Lorenz, A. G. Marusiak, J. B. McClean, C. Nunn, S. C. Stähler, A. E. Stott, and T. Warren, “On-deck seismology: Lessons from InSight for future planetary seismology”, J. Geophys. Res., 2020, accepted.
  2. W. B. Banerdt, S. E. Smrekar, D. Banfield, D. Giardini, M. P. Golombek, C. L. Johnson, P. Lognonné, A. Spiga, T. Spohn, C. Perrin, S. C. Stähler, D. Antonangeli, S. Asmar, C. Beghein, N. Bowles, E. Bozdag, P. T. Chi, U. Christensen, J. F. Clinton, G. S. Collins, I. Daubar, V. Dehant, M. Drilleau, M. Fillingim, W. Folkner, R. F. Garcia, J. Garvin, J. Grant, M. Grott, J. Grygorczuk, T. Hudson, J. C. E. Irving, G. Kargl, T. Kawamura, S. Kedar, S. King, B. Knapmeyer-Endrun, M. Knapmeyer, M. Lemmon, R. D. Lorenz, J. N. Maki, L. Margerin, S. M. McLennan, C. Michaut, D. Mimoun, A. Mittelholz, A. Mocquet, P. Morgan, N. T. Mueller, N. Murdoch, S. Nagihara, C. Newman, F. Nimmo, M. P. Panning, W. T. Pike, A.-C. Plesa, S. Rodriguez, J. A. Rodriguez-Manfredi, C. T. Russell, N. Schmerr, M. Siegler, S. Stanley, E. Stutzmann, N. Teanby, J. Tromp, M. van Driel, N. Warner, R. C. Weber, and M. Wieczorek, “Initial results from the InSight mission on Mars”, Nature Geoscience, 13, 183-189, doi: 10.1038/s41561-020-0544-y, 2020.
  3. H. Samuel, P. Lognonné, M. P. Panning, and V. Lainey, “The rheology and thermal history of Mars revealed by the orbital evolution of Phobos”, Nature, 569, 523-527, doi: 0.1038/s41586-019-1202-7, 2019.
  4. Panning, M.P. and S. Kedar, “Seismic response of the Mars Curiosity Rover: Implications for future planetary seismology”, Icarus, 317, 373-378, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.06.017, 2019.
  5. Panning, M.P., S.C. Stähler, H.-H. Huang, S.D. Vance, S. Kedar, V.C. Tsai, W.T. Pike, and R.D. Lorenz, “Expected seismicity and the seismic noise environment of Europa”, J. Geophys.Res., 123(1), 163-179, doi: 10.1002/2017JE005332, 2018.
  6. Panning, M.P., 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., 211, 611–650, doi: 10.1007/s11214-016-0317-5, 2017.