Angela Marusiak

PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 401


Angela Marusiak (she/her)

Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D., 2020 University of Maryland

Years with LPL: 2023 to present

Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Small Bodies, Titan & Outer Solar System

I study how seismology and seismic instrumentation can be used to explore bodies in our solar system. As a member of the InSight team I was focused on detecting deep structure, including the size of the martian core. For the Dragonfly mission, I'm interested in how clathrates may alter the internal structure and seismic response of Titan. As a member of the LEMS team, I'll be helping to build the next astronaut-deployed seismometers on the Moon. Once LEMS is deployed, we'll be able to study the Moon's seismicity and learn about its interior structure. 

Current Spacecraft Involvement

InSight, Dragonfly

  1. Marusiak, A.G., Tharimena, S., Panning, M.P., Stähler, S, Vance, S.D, Boehm, C., Van Driel, M. (2023) “Estimating the 3D structure of the Enceladus ice shell from flexural and Crary waves”. EPSL, 603, 117984,

  2. Marusiak, A.G, Vance, S.D., Panning, M.P., Bryant, A., Hesse, M., Carnahan, E., Journaux, B. (2022) "The effects of methane clathrates on the thermal and seismic profile of Titan’s icy lithosphere". Planetary Science Journal, 3 ,167,

  3. Marusiak, A.G, Panning, M.P, Vance, S.D, Nunn, C., Stähler, S., Tharimena, S.  (2022) “Seismic detection of euroquakes originating from Europa's silicate interior” Earth and Space Science, 9, e2021EA002041.

  4. Marusiak, A.G., N. C. Schmerr, B. Avenson, D. DellaGiustina, S. H. Bailey, V. J. Bray, …, R. Weber (2022) "The Detection of Seismicity on Icy Ocean Worlds by Single Station and Small-Aperture Seismometer Arrays"  Earth and Space Sciences, 9, e2021EA002065.

  5. Marusiak, A. G., Vance, S., Panning, M.P., Běhounková M. , Byrne, P. K., C,G., Daswani, M. M., et al. (2021). “Exploration of Icy Ocean Worlds Using Geophysical Approaches.” The Planetary Science Journal 2 (4): 150.

  6. Marusiak, A.G., Nicholas C. Schmerr, Danielle DellaGiustina, Brad Avenson, S. Hop Bailey, Veronica J. Bray, Juliette I. Broadbeck, Chris Carr, Peter H. Dahl, Namrah Habib, Erin Pettit, Natalie Wagner, Renee Weber. (2021)  The Deployment of the Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure (SIIOS) in Northwest Greenland: An Analog Experiment for Icy Ocean World Seismic Deployments. Seismological Research Letters. DOI: 10.1785/0220200291.

  7. Stähler, S., Khan, A., Banerdt, B., Lognonne, P., … A.G Marusiak, …Smrekar,S., (2021) Seismic Detection of the Martian Core. Science 448 (July): 443–48.

  8. Marusiak, A.G., Nicholas C. Schmerr, Danielle DellaGiustina, S. Hop Bailey, Veronica J. Bray, Erin Pettit, Peter H. Dahl, Brad Avenson, Chris Car,Natalie Wagner, Renee Weber. (2020) The Deployment of the Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure (SIIOS) on Gulkana Glacier, Alaska. Seismological Research Letters DOI: 10.1785/0220190328 

  9. 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

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