Professor Jean-Luc Margot named new Department Chair

Professor Jean-Luc Margot has agreed to serve as Chair of the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, starting July 1, 2016.

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Faculty Position in Geoscience

We seek an outstanding faculty member for the Louis B and Martha B Slichter Endowed Chair in the Geosciences. The position is open at all levels. Review of applications will commence October 1st.

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All gifts to Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, no matter their size, help the Department maintain and strengthen its international reputation for excellence, as well as its impact in the community.

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Upcoming Events

ESS 245A - Tectonics & Seismology Seminar

Title: OPEN
Date: Sept. 28, 2016
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.

ESS 295A - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Multi-scale structures at Earth's core-mantle boundary
Date: Sept. 29, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Jennifer Jackson

ESS IPLEX16F - iPlex Lunch

Title: Origins of Gas Giant Compositions: The Role of Disk Location and Dynamics
Date: Sept. 30, 2016
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Ana Piso

News and Announcements

9/23/2016 - Microprobes expose mysteries of the solar system, origin of life

In 2006, a NASA-owned rocket landed on Earth after a seven-year journey beyond the orbit of Mars. The rocket flew ...

9/15/2016 - The Disintegration of Comet 332P/Ikeya-Muramaki As Captured By UCLA Professor David Jewitt

DATELINE: SEPT. 15, 2016, LOS ANGELES, CA. U.S.A.

UCLA-led astronomers capture best view ever of disintegrating comet

Astronomers ...

9/15/2016 - How Hot is Too Hot for Earth-Style Life?

Prof. Tina Treude will board the ship mid October to measure the activity of microorganisms (sulfate reduction and methanogenesis) in ...

Greetings from the Chairman


The Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA is on a mission to understand and protect our home in the Universe. We seek to understand how planets like ours form and evolve, how life on our planet developed, and whether life exists elsewhere. We study the physical and chemical conditions that prevailed 4.6 billion years ago when the planets formed, the processes that shape planetary bodies, and interactions with the space environment. Using data from the lab, field, spacecraft, and telescopes, we study a wide range of important questions about the Earth, the Solar System, and beyond. We also characterize natural hazards so that we can better protect humanity from earthquakes, tsunamis, space weather, and asteroid impacts. I invite you to explore our web site to find out about the impressive research conducted by our students, researchers, and faculty.

--Jean-Luc Margot