Professor Mike Coffin
Mike Coffin is a marine geophysicist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). His research focuses on large-scale volcanism on the seafloor (large igneous provinces, or LIPs), tectonic plate boundaries, divergent continental margins, and interactions between the solid Earth and Earth’s environment. Primarily an observational scientist, Coffin has led or participated in 36 blue-water research voyages in the Pacific, Southern, Indian, and Atlantic oceans. The inaugural Executive Director of IMAS, Mike has also held leadership positions at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (inaugural Director of Research) and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (inaugural Chair, Science Planning Committee).