Prof. Toksöz has made major scientific contributions in many areas of geophysics, including seismic exploration, reservoir characterization, rock physics, plate tectonics, planetary interiors, earthquake seismology and imaging. He is the 2006 recipient of the Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America. He has received the scientific achievement medals from NASA, his alma mater, the Colorado School of Mines, and other institutions. In November 1999, SEG honored M. N. Toksöz with Honorary Membership; in 2010 he was presented with the Maurice Ewing Medal, the highest honor of SEG. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Geological Society of America, AAPG, and AAAS.
Prof. Toksöz is the author or co-author of more than 400 technical papers in geophysics, including many articles on geophysics and seismology. He has edited books and served on editorial boards of scientific journals. M. N. Toksöz has and continues to serve on scientific advisory and review committees for U.S. government agencies, universities, international organizations, and industry. His academic activities include teaching, leading several research projects, and advising a number of graduate students.