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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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This solar system rocks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michelle Thompson is a geologist. But while “geo” means earth, she studies things that are decidedly unearthly, or at least extraterrestrial: the moon and asteroids.

Purdue professor: Mauna Loa lava flows could threaten populated areas

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lava flows from the Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii could threaten people living there, according to a professor from Purdue University. Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii — also called the “Big Island” — erupted on Sunday for the first time since 1984 and has been shooting lava fountains of magma up to 100 feet in the air. Dr. Jonathan Delph, an assistant professor of seismology at Purdue’s department of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, says the biggest threat to the island of Hawaii is lava flows reaching homes and businesses.

'I am just so excited for this step to be taken' | Purdue professor weighs in on Artemis I launch

WTHR — Purdue's planetary science program is one of the largest programs in the country to use NASA spacecraft data to learn about the solar system. After countless delays, NASA's Artemis I moon rocket lifted off early Tuesday morning. It was a mission years in the making. Dr. Ali Bramson, planetary scientist at Purdue University EAPS, sat down with WTHR to discuss the launch and importance of Artemis I.

Michalski selected as University Faculty Scholar

Greg Michalski has been selected as a 2023 University Faculty Scholar by the Office of the Provost. Michalski is a professor with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at Purdue University’s College of Science.

Purdue EAPS Student Spotlight: Emma Miller

Emma Miller is a Purdue EAPS senior undergraduate student studying atmospheric science. This summer, she attended the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop in Boulder, CO. In this video, she discusses her experiences with NCAR's Undergraduate Leadership Workshop and as a student within Purdue EAPS.

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