Greetings from the Chair

Edwin Schauble

Prof. Edwin Schauble

Welcome to the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA. Our mission is to understand and protect our home in the universe though discovery, education, and outreach. We study how Earth and other planets form and evolve, how life developed here, and whether life has existed elsewhere. We investigate 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. We generate and analyze data from lab experiments, field studies, spacecraft, and telescopes, addressing 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, landslides, space weather, asteroid impacts, and climate change. Please explore our web site to learn more about the research conducted by our students, researchers, and faculty.

You can also read about our activities in our one-page introduction and newsletters.