Masako Tominaga's research interests are in (Marine-) Geology & Geophysics, including i) characterizing tectonic, volcanic/magmatic, and geomagnetic processes of Earth using potential field measurements, acoustic remote sensing, and active source seismics; (ii) investigating interactions between water and CO2 and host rock formation and their geological consequences over time; and, (iii) developing novel quantitative approaches and devices that contribute to (marine-) geophysics operations. Dr. Tominaga has been PI and Co-PI of multiple projects (link) and lead field programs (e.g. chief scientist, NSF-OCE Jurassic Ocean Crust Magnetic Survey 2011 Expedition in the Pacific). She is accepting applications from prospective graduate students and postdocs.
Tominaga, M., Lyle, M., and Mitchell, N.C., 2011. Seismic interpretation of pelagic sedimentation regimes in the 18–53 Ma eastern equatorial Pacific: Basin-scale sedimentation and infilling of abyssal valleys. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 12, Q03004. doi:10.1029/2010GC003347.
Tominaga, M. and Sager, W.W., 2010. Revised Pacific M-anomaly Geomagnetic Polarity Timescale, Geophysical Journal International, 182, 203-232. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04619.x
Tominaga, M. and Sager, W.W., 2010. Origin of the Smooth Zone in Early Cretaceous North Atlantic Magnetic Anomalies. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L01304. doi:10.1029/2009GL040984.
Tominaga, M. and Umino, S., 2010. Lava deposition history in ODP Hole 1256D: Insights from log-based volcanostratigraphy. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 11, Q05003. doi:10.1029/2009GC002933.