• B.S., University of Maryland
  • M.S., George Washington University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University


  • Undergraduate: Introductory Geology, Natural Resources and Their Exploitation, Ore Deposits, Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Graduate: Structure and Formation of the Earth, Economic Geology, Isotope Geochemistry
  • Introduction to Physical Geology: Syllabus

Research Interests



Trace element and isotope geochemistry of igneous rocks, geophysical modelling of melt generation


Pb isotope distribution diagram for Central American volcanoes.


Calculated source characteristics for Mauna Kea lavas from the Hawaii Scientific Drilling


  • Volkert, R.A., M.D. Feigenson, L.C. Patino, J.S. Delaney and A.A. Drake, Jr. (2000) Sr and Nd isotopic compositions, age and petrogenesis of A-type granitoids of the Vernon Supersuite, New Jersey Highlands, USA, Lithos, 50, 325-347.
  • Patino, L.C., M.J. Carr and M.D. Feigenson (2000) Local and regional variations in Central American lavas controlled by variations in subducted sediment input, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 138, 265-283.
  • Walker, J.A., L.C. Patino, M.J. Carr and M.D. Feigenson (2001) Slab-control over HFSE depletions in central Nicaragua, Earth Planetary Science Letters, 192, 533-543.
  • Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., Pekar, S.F., Katz, M.E., Cramer, B.S., Monteverde, D., Uptegrove, J., McLaughlin, Jr., P.P., Baxter, S.J., Aubry, M.-P., Olsson, R.K., Van Sickel, B., Metzger, K., Feigenson, M.D., Tiffin, S., and McCarthy, F. (2002), Ocean View Site. In Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., et al., Proc. ODP, Init. Repts., 174AX (Suppl.)
  • Kenneth G. Miller, Peter P. McLaughlin, James V. Browning, Richard N. Benson,Peter J. Sugarman, John Hernandez, Kelvin W. Ramsey, Stefanie J. Baxter, Mark D. Feigenson, Marie-Pierre Aubry, Donald H. Monteverde, Benjamin S. Cramer, Miriam E. Katz, Thomas E. McKenna, Scott A. Strohmeier, Stephen F. Pekar, Jane Uptegrove, Gene Cobbs, Gene Cobbs III, Stephen E. Curtin (2002), Bethany Beach Site Report, Proc. ODP, Init. Repts., 174AX: (suppl.) College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program).
  • Cameron B.I., Walker, J.A., Carr M.J., Patino L.C., Matias, O., and Feigenson M.D. (2002) Flux versus decompression melting at stratovalcanoes in southeastern Guatemala. J. Volcanol. Getherm. Res. 119. 21-50.
  • Feigenson, M.D. , L.L. Bolge, M.J. Carr and C.T. Herzberg (2003) REE Inverse modeling of HSDP2 basalts: Evidence for multiple sources in the Hawaiian plume, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 4(1), XXXX, doi:10.1029/2001GC000271.
  • Reilly T.J., K.G. Miller and M.D. Feigenson (2003) Latest Eocene-earliest Miocene Sr-isotopic standard section, Site 522, eastern South Atlantic, Paleoceanography.
  • Carr, M.J., M.D. Feigenson, L. Patino and J.A. Walker (2003) Volcanism and Geochemistry in Central America: Progress and Problems, Inside the Subduction Factory, Geophysical Monograph 138, American Geophysical Union, 153-174.
  • Miller, K.G., Sugarman, P.J., Browning, J.V., Kominz, M.A., Hernandez, J.C., Olsson, R.K., Wright, J.S., Feigenson, M.D. Van Sickel, W. (2003) Late Cretaceous chronology of large, rapid sea-level changes: glacioeustacy during the greenhouse world, Geology, 31, 585-588.
  • Feigenson, M.D., M.J. Carr, S.V. Maharaj, L.L. Bolge and S. Juliano (2004) Lead isotope composition of Central American volcanoes: Influence of the Galapagos plume, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 5, Q06001, doi:10.1029/2003GC000621.
  • Abouchami, W, A.W. Hofmann, S.J.G. Galer, J. Eisele, F. Frey, M. Feigenson (2005) Lead isotopes reveal bilateral asymmetry and vertical continuity in the Hawaiian mantle plume, Nature 434, 651-656.
  • Bolge, L.L., M.J. Carr, M.D. Feigenson and G.E. Alvarado (2006) Geochemical stratigraphy and magmatic evolution at Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res. 157, 34-48
  • Walker, J.A., J.E. Mickelson, R.B. Thomas, L.C. Patino, B. Cameron, M.J. Carr, M.D. Feigenson and R.L. Edwards (2007) U-series disequilibrium in Guatemalan lavas, crustal contamination, and implications for magma genesis along the Central American subduction zone, J. Geophys. Res. 112, B06205, doi:10.1029/2006JB004589.