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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6/14/2016 - EPSS welcomes new faculty member Professor Hilke Schlichting

Professor Schlichting is a theorist and observer in planetary astrophysics who works primarily on understanding planetary origins. She received her ...

5/27/2016 - In memoriam: UCLA physics professor Maha Ashour-Abdalla

Maha Ashour-Abdalla, a professor of physics and researcher with the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, with expertise in space ...

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 ...

Greetings from the Chairman


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