EPSS Distinguished Alumni Lecture 2015

Special thanks again to Dr. David J. McComas for presenting his lecture titled "From the Sun to the Edge of the Solar System"

Video Recap

Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon

Research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by EPSS postdoc Beth Ann Bell, graduate student Patrick Boehnke, and Professor T. Mark Harrison, along with Stanford geophysicist Wendy Mao, provides evidence suggesting the existence of life on Earth before 4.1Ga. Their article " Potentially biogenic carbon preserved in a 4.1 billion-year-old zircon" is garnering much attention from national and international news agencies*.

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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 235A - Geocheminar

Title: On the origin of chondrules
Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: Alan Rubin

ESS 245A - Tectonics Seminar

Title: What geology and geodesy reveal about future earthquakes
Date: Dec. 2, 2015
Time: noon - 12:50 p.m.
Speaker: David D. Jackson

ESS 295A - EPSS Colloquium

Title: Results from MAVEN's mission to Mars
Date: Dec. 3, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaker: Rob Lillis

News and Announcements

11/22/2015 - CBS Los Angeles meets EPSS 1 Field Trip at the Santa Clarita Landslide

On a geology field trip to the Santa Clarita Landslide at the Vasquez Canyon Road the EPSS 1 class was ...

11/17/2015 - A Space to Dream

Check out this article about planetary science at UCLA featuring Team ELFIN, Vassilis and Dave Paige

11/13/2015 - Media coverage of Jean-Luc Margot's Planet Definition Proposal

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Professor, Dr. Jean-Luc Margot has generated interest all over the world regarding a recent publication ...