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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 severe weather, the solar system, stable isotopes, and geophysics. We are committed to four strategic initiatives: Energy and the Environment, Severe Weather Science, Planetary Exploration, and Geodata Science.

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Wildfires have enabled boreal forests in North America to become a major carbon source which will likely only get worse

Forests around the world are known to emit and consume carbon.  The balance of carbon depends on the rates of emissions and consumption.  A recent publication in Scientific Reports by Purdue EAPS Professor Qianlai Zhuang and PhD student, Bailu Zhao, use satellite data and a mechanistically-based biogeochemistry model to quantify the impacts of wildfires on carbon cycling in North America boreal forests.

The American Philosophical Society Welcomes New Members for 2021

The American Philosophical Society is pleased to welcome new Members elected to the Society in 2021. Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its Membership is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Dr. Joseph S. Francisco of Purdue EAPS was elected for Class 1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Purdue EAPS recognized as SEG Student Chapter

Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) students have been recognized as a Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Student Chapter in their Student Chapter Excellence Program. Students of EAPS created a constitution, secured Professor Doug Schmitt as an advisor, and wrote a petition letter to the president of the SEG. Their petition was subsequently approved at the monthly SEG Board meeting.

Office of Engagement recognizes award winners for 2020, 2021

Purdue’s Office of Engagement named winners of its annual faculty and staff engagement awards for 2020 and 2021 at an in-person and virtual celebration on April 20. Steven Smith, Purdue EAPS, was awarded a Staff Engagement Award.

Making a difference in education: 2021 Purdue Teaching Awards

Innovative. Inspiring. Dedicated. Caring. You'll hear these words again and again and again when students and peers talk about the winners of Purdue's 2021 teaching awards: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, the Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award and the Excellence in Instruction Award for Lecturers. These 10 teachers overcame obstacles of a global pandemic to innovate instruction and deliver impactful learning. Through their persistent pursuit of excellence, they assisted students in achieving their greatest potential with every class or lab – either in person, virtually, or both – shaping future Boilermaker leaders and changemakers. Today, Purdue is sharing their stories.

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