James Manning Professor Emeritus of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (Research)

Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences


I majored in physics at Grinnell College. My graduate studies took place at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/MIT Joint Program, focusing on marine geophysics and seismology. After three years of post-doctoral research at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, I came to Brown as an assistant professor at the end of 1976 and have been here ever since. My interests are in the processes that create new seafloor at mid-ocean ridges, the properties of the lithosphere and asthenosphere, and the nature of small-scale convection beneath tectonic plates.

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