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Angela Marusiak

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-601 Pasadena, CA 91109

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


Angela is originally from New Jersey. In 2013 she graduated from Boston University with a Geophysics & Planetary Sciences major and a minor in mech. engineering. After briefly working for Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, she began a doctoral program at the University of Maryland (UMD) with Dr. Nick Schmerr. Her dissertation focused on using terrestrial analogs to prepare for seismic missions with only single-stations or small-arrays. As a member of the InSight science team, she worked to constrain the predicted uncertainty in the Martian core using seismic techniques. She also conducted field work in Alaska and Greenland to determine the fidelity of seismic methods for future missions to icy ocean worlds.

Now as a postdoc at JPL, she continues to work with the InSight team to investigate the deep interior structure of Mars. She also continues her work preparing for future missions to icy ocean worlds by investigating how seismology can reveal habitable conditions and environments.


  • 2013 BA Boston University
  • 2020 PhD University of Maryland

Professional Experience

  • 2020- |JPL Postdoctoral Scholar
  • 2015-2020 | Graduate Research Assistant University of Maryland
  • 2016 | NASA Intern at JHU Applied Physics Lab
  • 2014-2015 | Lecturer and Grader at Rutgers University
  • 2013-2014 | Technical Assistant Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Community Service

  • 2019-2020 |AGU Voices for Science Fellow
  • 2019 |AGU Fall Meeting Session Convener
  • 2019 | Dwornik Judge for LPSC
  • 2019 | Inclusiveness Diversity Equity and Awareness (IDEA) Committee Member
  • 2017-2019 | Executive Secretary, NASA Review Panels

Research Interests

Angela is a planetary seismologist. She studies how seismology can reveal deep internal structure and provide information on the seismic environments and activities in the near-surface.

Selected Awards

  • 2018-2020 | NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • 2019 | Seismological Society of America Travel Award
  • 2017 | Best Talk Award, Pre-Candidacy PhD
  • 2015-2020 | Dean’s Fellowship (UMD)
  • 2013 |Center for Space Physics Prize

Selected Publications

  1. Marusiak, A.G., Nicholas C. Schmerr, Danielle DellaGiustina, S. Hop Bailey, Veronica J. Bray, Erin Pettit, Peter H. Dahl, Brad Avenson, Natalie Wagner. The Deployment of the Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure (SIIOS) on Gulkana Glacier, Alaska. Seismological Research Letters doi: 10.1785/0220190328
  2. Marusiak, A.G., Schmerr, N.C., Banks, M.E., Daubar, I.J., 2020. Terrestrial Single-Station Analog for Constraining the Martian Core and Deep Interior: Implications for InSight. Icarus 335, 113396. DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113396
  3. Nunn, C., R. F. Garcia, Y. Nakamura, A. G. Marusiak, T. Kawamura, D. Sun, L. Margerin et al. 2020. Lunar seismology: a data and instrumentation review. Space Sci. Rev. DOI:10.1007/s11214-020-00709-3
  4. Panning, M. P, Pike, T., Lognonne, P., Banerdt W., Murdoch, N.,… Marusiak, A.,…Warren, T., (2020) On-deck seismology: Lessons from InSight for future planetary seismology. JGR Planets. DOI:10.1029/2019JE006353
  5. Garcia, R., Khan, A., Drilleau, M., Margerin, L., Kawamura, T.,...Marusiak, A G.., … Zhu, (2019)  Lunar Seismology: An Update on Interior Structure Models. Space Science Reviews. 215: 50.
  6. Mendillo, M., Marusiak, A.G., Withers, P., Morgan, D., Gurnett, D., 2013. A new semiempirical model of the peak electron density of the Martian ionosphere. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 5361-5365.
  7. Mendillo, M., Narvaez, C., Marusiak, A.G., 2013. Are ionospheric storms the same during different solar cycles? Journal of  Geophysical Research-Space Physics 118, 6795-6805.