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Michael Bland, Ph.D.

Mike Bland is a research space scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center.  His interests primarily lie in combining numerical models with planetary datasets to understand the thermal and tectonic evolution of ice-rich bodies. 

Past and current research areas include:

  • The mechanics of rifting in ice lithospheres (e.g., Ganymede and Enceladus)
  • The formation of contractional features on icy bodies (e.g., Europa, Enceladus, Titan)
  • Crater modification due to viscous relaxation (Enceladus and Ceres)
  • Mountain formation on Io
  • Differentiation of large icy satellites (Ganymede and Titan)
  • Production of Ganymede's magnetic field