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. Applications are due by September 1.

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Upcoming Events

ESS 286C - Planetary Science Seminar

Title: Crystallization of Terrestrial Cores
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Anne Pommier

ESS 295C - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Glacial Tillites and the Evolving Composition of the Upper Continental Crust
Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Roberta Rudnick

ESS M288C - Space Physics Seminar

Title: Fast Fermi Acceleration of Electrons by the Earth’s Bow Shock and Its Application to ...
Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: M. Villarreal

News and Announcements

5/16/2016 - Tenure Track Position in Geoscience

We seek an outstanding faculty member for the Louis B and Martha B Slichter Endowed Chair in the Geosciences. The ...

5/11/2016 - Professor Jean-Luc Margot named new Department Chair

Here are some words from Dean Joseph Rudnick:
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Professor Jean-Luc Margot ...

4/25/2016 - EPSS19 (Fiat Lux) Visits Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on April 22, 2016

About 20 undergraduates in an EPSS Fiat Lux class had a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at NASA ...

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In the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, we seek to understand the Earth and the planets. Our students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems, from the Sun to the most distant planets, and from the center of the Earth to the tenuous ionized gases of the solar wind. We probe the interior of the Earth using seismic data, laboratory measurements, and computer modeling. We study both the ancient tectonics of the Earth and its ongoing activity. We explore Earth's upper atmosphere using spacecraft to measure magnetic fields and plasmas. Moving outward from Earth, we study other planets, their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and particle and field environments.

--Kevin McKeegan