Peter J. Mouginis-Mark

Emeritus Researcher, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology

Director, Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center


Affiliate Faculty Member, Hawaii Sea Grant

Ph.D. (1977) in Environmental Sciences, University of Lancaster, England. Thesis title:
"Morphology and Distribution of Martian Rampart Craters"

Current CV


Listing of Talks Given, Workshops Run and TV Shows

Photos of the volcanoes that I've visited over the last 40+ years!

Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

I am no longer looking for any new graduate students to work on my research projects, as I formally retired from the University in December 2019.   However, I still have a strong interest is the geology of Mars and the Moon, and continue active research as an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Hawaii.   Specifically, I continue to work on the analysis of impact craters and volcanoes on Mars, even though I do not have any funding for these projects at this time.   The main things I am working on in 2021 are: (1) a review of unanswered questions in Martian volcanology for the journal Chemie der Erde, and (2) a new book (with Joe Boyce) for Cambridge University Press on the morphology of impact craters on Mars.   In the past, I also spent a lot of time on the analysis of Tooting Crater on Mars, and may continue to study some of the features of the ejecta blanket of this fascinating crater:

Recently, I was a co-author on a new book on Volcanoes of Mars with my collaborators Jim Zimbeman (Smithsonian), David Crown (Planetary Science Institute) and Tracy Gregg (University of Buffalo). You can read a bit about this book at:

The Volcanoes of Mars

Mars Geology: Tooting Crater

See Pete's Geologic Map of Tooting Crater! click here to download (PDF version, 134.5 megs)

In addition, I spend a lot of time as Director of the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center archiving historic materials from earlier space missions, and placing this material on our web site.   I have worked on several big projects that created their own web sites.   You might like to take a look at the following to see what I am working on now, or that I have worked on in the past:

NASA Earth Observing System IDS Study of Degassing Volcanoes

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