2016 EPSS Faculty Lecture

Please join us on May 10th for the 2016 EPSS Faculty Lecture, titled "Recent Developments in Seismology: New Views of Earthquakes and Ground Shaking" presented by Paul Davis

Event Info

Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

Congratulations to Ed Young, Issaku Kohl, Paul Warren, and their collaborators on their paper “Oxygen isotopic evidence for vigorous mixing during the Moon-forming giant impact” which appears in tomorrow’s edition of Science.

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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

Upcoming Events

ESS 245C - Tectonics & Seismology Seminar

Title: Seismic Amplitudes from Ambient Noise Wavefront Tracking: Maps from USArray and Long Beach, and the
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Daniel Bowden

ESS 286C - Planetary Science Seminar

Title: Ceres in the light of Dawn: One year of geological observations and the case for near-surface ground
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Kynan Hughson

ESS 295C - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Ultrafast Eclogite Formation: When Pressure Doesn’t Correspond to Depth During Subduction
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Jay Ague

News and Announcements

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 ...

4/04/2016 - EPSS Graduate Student Bryce Mitsunaga & Postdoc Jeana Drake Receive NSF Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to EPSS Graduate Student Bryce Mitsunaga for being awarded an NSF Fellowship for his project titled "A reconstruction of ...

3/25/2016 - The NASA Dawn Mission In The News

The Dawn Mission has made news headlines with more information on the bright spots found at Occator Crater on the ...