Marc Spiegelman, PhD


About the speaker

Marc Spiegelman holds a joint position in the Departments of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.  He obtained a BA in Geology (1985) from Harvard University and a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from Cambridge University (1989).  He was then a Lamont Post-doctoral Fellow in Columbia University, and a Research Scientist and also Lecturer at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2000 and became full Professor in 2008.

Professor Spiegelman’s research interests include understanding the dynamics and observable consequences of fluid flow in strongly deformable porous media.   His current computational research  focuses on methods and software for more flexible exploration and solution of multi-physics problems including using tools for automatic code generation for multi-physics problems (FEniCS) and rapid composition of physics-based preconditioners using PETSc.

Research interests

  • computational geophysics
  • magma dynamics
  • parallel computation for multi-physics problems

Sample publications

  • The dynamics of melt and shear localization in partially molten aggregates, R. F. Katz, M. Spiegelman, B. Holtzman, Nature, Vol. 442: 676-679 (2006) [doi:10.1038/nature05039]
  • Numerical simulation of geodynamic processes with the Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation, R. F. Katz, M. G. Knepley, B. Smith, M. Spiegelman and E. Coon, Phys. of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Vol 163: 52-68 [doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2007.04.016]