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Marshall Styczinski

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109




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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


I was raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in a community all but obliterated by the Dixie Fire of 2021. I completed my BS in Physics at UC Davis in 2010, and worked for 2 years as technician for several physics experiments at Davis, designing and running experiments, and in France constructing the Double Chooz "Far" detector. I joined the UW Physics graduate program in 2012, first doing x-ray spectroscopy, then settling into physics education research and the UW Astrobiology Program. After 3 years, I decided to change research topics and began working on magnetic sounding of icy moons, ultimately the topic of my PhD dissertation. Now I am a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at JPL, working with Dr. Steve Vance to connect existing and future spacecraft magnetic measurements to the properties of subsurface oceans throughout the solar system.


09/2012 – 08/2021 University of Washington

Degree conferred: Doctor of Philosophy, Physics

Degree conferred: Graduate Certificate, Astrobiology

Degree conferred: Master of Science, Physics

09/2006 – 06/2010 University of California, Davis

Degree conferred: Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors, Physics

Significant works: “On the Return of HP West: The Revival and Restoration of a Hewlett-Packard

5950A Photoelectron Spectrometer” (Undergraduate Honors Thesis, May 2010)

Professional Experience


09/2021 – present NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, JPL-Caltech

Research focus: Magnetic sounding of icy ocean worlds

Magnetic induction modeling and data analysis

Advisor: NASA Research Scientist Steven D. Vance

05/2018 – 08/2021 Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington

Research focus: Magnetic sounding of Jupiter’s moon Europa

Magnetospheric plasma modeling

Advisor: Affiliate Professor Erika Harnett

09/2012 – 05/2018 Graduate Student, University of Washington

Past research: Improving the efficiency of conceptual instruction in- and out-of-class

Student understanding of Gauss’s law

Interdisciplinary learning in science courses

Advisor: Professors Paula R. L. Heron and Peter S. Shaffer

04/2011 – 07/2012 Junior Specialist, University of California, Davis

Duties: Design, build, test, and analyze cryogenic bubble detection experiment (Tripathi);

Develop and implement software for analyzing irradiated magnets,

assess radiation damage of magnets used in Linear Collider R&D (Pellett);

Supervisor(s): Professor S. Mani Tripathi, Professor Emeritus David Pellett

07/2010 – 04/2011 Development Technician, University of California, Davis

Duties: Restore, repair, and improve indium evaporative deposition system (Tripathi);

Construct sensitive Double Chooz neutrino detector in international team (Svoboda);

Train and mentor laboratory assistants with X-ray photoemission spectrometer (Fadley)

Supervisor(s): Professor S. Mani Tripathi, Professor Robert Svoboda, Distinguished Professor

Charles S. Fadley

05/2008 – 06/2010 Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California, Davis

Duties: Restore and optimize X-ray photoemission spectrometer system, analyze Si/Mo

multilayer crystal native oxide properties

Supervisor(s): Distinguished Professor Charles S. Fadley


09/2012 – 06/2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington

Courses: Introductory physics tutorials and laboratories, advanced electromagnetism tutorials,

and introductory courses in astrobiology, planetary science, and space science

Structure: Sole or co-instructor leading discussions in 24*32 student classrooms

Note: Most terms as head TA, leading training sessions for other TAs, writing exams,

and course administration (including curriculum writing and revisions)

09/2012 – 06/2018 Physics Study Center Staff, University of Washington

Courses: Introductory and advanced physics

Structure: Individual homework and conceptual guidance

10/2007 – 06/2012 Physics Club Volunteer Tutor, University of California, Davis

Courses: Introductory physics and calculus

Structure: Individual homework and conceptual guidance

Research Interests

Characterization of icy moons, assessment of habitable environments, mission science

Selected Awards

09/2021 – present NASA Postdoctoral Program recipient

09/2018 – 08/2021 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship recipient

05/2020 – 08/2020 JPL Planetary Science Summer School participant

04/2019 – 09/2019 Visiting Scholar, University of Oregon Planetary Science Group

08/2018 – 09/2018 Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne Astrophysics Group

06/2018 – 08/2018 JPL Space Grant Summer Internship participant

03/2017 – 08/2021 Science Communication Fellow, Pacific Science Center

06/2010 Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors from UC Davis

Selected Publications

  1. M. J. Styczinski, S. D.Vance, E. M. Harnett, and C. J. Cochrane. An analytic solution for evaluating the magnetic field induced from an arbitrary, asymmetric ocean world. Icarus, under review, 2021.
  2. C. J. Cochrane, S. D. Vance, T. A. Nordheim, M. J. Styczinski, A. Masters, and L. H. Regoli. In search of subsurface oceans within the uranian moons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, under review, 2021.
  3. M. J. Styczinski and E. M. Harnett. Induced magnetic moments from a nearly spherical ocean. Icarus, 354:114020, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114020
  4. S. D. Vance, M. J. Styczinski, B. G. Bills, C. J. Cochrane, K. M. Soderlund, N. Gómez-Pérez, and C. S. Paty. Magnetic induction responses of jupiter’s ocean moons including effects from adiabatic convection. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 126(2):e2020JE006418, 2021. DOI: 10.1029/2020JE006418
  5. G. T. Seidler, D. R. Mortensen, A. J. Remesnik, J. I. Pacold, N. A. Ball, N. Barry, M. Styczinski, and O. R. Hoidn. A laboratory-based hard x-ray monochromator for high-resolution x-ray emission spectroscopy and xray absorption near edge structure measurements. Rev. Sci. Inst., 85(11):113906, 2014. DOI: 10.1063/1.4901599