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Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences has a great diversity of programs and intersecting disciplines, with faculty and students studying in fields such as Tectonics, Geophysics, Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Severe Weather, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Data Science, and many other areas. We are committed to strategic initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Interconnections between the Earth’s interior and surface, climate and sustainability, planetary exploration and spacecraft missions, and the development of emerging fields of study.

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Tricky Faults, Lax Construction and Wobbly Soil Fueled Destruction in Turkey

WALL STREET JOURNAL — The one-two punch of killer earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday were connected in time and space—occurring on separate but nearby faults but driven by the same crushing geologic forces, according to scientists. “We’re dealing with a fault system—a whole bunch of different faults and they are all talking to each other,” said Jonathan Delph, a seismologist at Purdue EAPS who studies the geology of the region.

PhD Candidate Laura Chaves named in “Top 100 Most Influential Latinos” list

Sophia Vergara, Sonia Sotomayor, A-Rod, Selena Gomez, Ellen Ochoa… and Laura Chaves! PhD Candidate Laura Chaves of the Purdue Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) was added to a jaw-dropping list of the most influential Latinos according to Bloomberg Linea.

Caltech Heritage Project: Douglas Schmitt (MS '84, PhD '87), Geoscientist

CALTECH — David Zierler, Director of the Caltech Heritage Project at CalTech, caught up with Prof. Doug Schmitt, CalTech alumnus and current Purdue EAPS Associate Head, Professor, and Stephen and Karen Brand Endowed Chair of Unconventional Energy, to discuss his career in rock physics.

Purdue Team of Scientists Return from Trip to Antarctica

STAR CITY NEWS — Hannah Grace, of Star City News, sat down with Dr. Marissa Tremblay, of Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, to discuss her recent trip to Antarctica.

Lifting the Veil

SCIENCE — Alien planets are shrouded in hazes that hide clues to their makeup. Lab experiments could help clear the view. Dr. Alexandria Johnson, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article by science.org. Some researchers, like Johnson, are focused on exoplanet clouds, who grows and studies clouds in a chamber. She wonders how clouds and hazes might interact on an exoplanet—whether, for example, haze particles might promote cloud formation by providing “nucleation sites” for gases to condense.

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