Michael Krawczynski has been promoted to associate professor (with tenure) of Earth and planetary sciences effective July 1, 2022. Krawczynski uses experimental approaches to study the mechanical and chemical behavior of rocks and minerals. His research focuses on both terrestrial and planetary questions, including the timing of pre-eruptive perturbations and magma mixing that occurs before volcanic eruptions and large-scale magmatic fractionation of planets.
Last year, Krawczynski won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his project “The Evolution of Super-Hydrous Magmas in the Earth’s Crust.”
Slava Solomatov, chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, described Krawczynski’s research as having “important implications for global water cycling between the Earth's interior and its surface and Earth's climate.”
“Professor Krawczynski is also an excellent teacher and mentor,” Solomatov added. “He truly cares about his students, and treats every student in a courteous and respectful way.”
Krawczynski teaches several popular courses, notably “Natural Disasters.” He also serves on several department committees, including graduate recruitment as chair and the colloquium committee.
Congratulations to Mike!