Michael (Mike) Summers

Michael (Mike) Summers


Primary Research: AstrophysicsSpace Weather

Office: 203B Planetary Hall Phone: 703.993.3971
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00–3:00 PM.
Personal Website: http://summers.www.physics.gmu.edu/

Current Research Interests

Michael E. Summers is a planetary scientist who pecializes in the study of structure and evolution of planetary atmospheres. His planetary research has dealt with the chemistry and thermal structure of the atmospheres of Io (one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter), Titan (largest of Saturn's moons), Uranus, Neptune, Triton (largest moon of Neptune), Pluto, and Mars. Dr. Summers' research on the Earth's atmosphere has focused on understanding middle atmospheric ozone chemistry, coupled chemical-dynamical-radiative modeling of active trace gases, heterogeneous chemistry on meteor dust, the influence of solar variability on the state of the stratosphere and mesosphere, and polar mesospheric clouds and their connection to climate.

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry of the Atmosphere
ASTR 401 Astrobiology
ASTR 403 Planetary Sciences
ASTR 710 Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology
PHYS 676/CSI 755 Atmospheric Physics II: Atmospheric Dynamics

Instructional Faculty