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Bio - Marcus Bursik,
SRTM Team Member

Marcus Bursik is Associate Professor of Geology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1988 where his thesis topic was the Late Quaternary Volcano-Tectonic Evolution of the Mono Basin, Eastern California. After completing post-doctoral research at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom he returned to Pasadena, California to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

His SRTM science investigation looks at the islands in Mono Lake, California and the warping of the lake shorelines by volcanic activity and by faulting of the Sierra Nevada. Using SRTM data in conjunction with data from JPL's Airborne Topographic Radar, and the Global Positioning System, he hopes to be able to paint a picture of the warping of the shoreline caused by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes over tens of thousands of years, down to hundreds of years.


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