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Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.

Testing the water

Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.

Geodata Science Initiative

Data science is the fourth and the newest paradigm of science. In Geodata Science Initiative, we conduct transdisciplinary research, merging or articulating EAPS subject matters with technical areas in data science: statistical and machine learning methods and models, algorithms for the models and methods, and computational environments for data analysis.

Mountain ranges

Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.

Spacecraft mission

Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

EAPS Alumnus Feature: Keith Kompoltowicz


As the Chief Hydrologist at the Detroit District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, EAPS alumnus Keith Kompoltowicz oversees water level forecasting on the Great Lakes. He’s been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of pieces in recent months, being the go-to expert on the Great Lakes as this year sees record high water levels. This stems, he says, from an accumulation of wet seasons over the past five to seven years.

The Role of a Turkish Lake in an EAPS Student’s Mars Research


Not all research happens in a lab. Particularly in the geosciences, scientists frequently travel to field locations to aid their research. Such was the experience of EAPS graduate student Bradley Garczynski, taking an eight-hour car ride after landing in Istanbul, Turkey.

EAPS Graduate Student Awarded NASA Fellowship for Mars Polar Research


Prakhar Sinha didn’t begin his career as a geologist. He was originally an engineer, receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from the Ramaiah Institute of Technology in India, then received his Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue in 2018. During that process, however, his interest moved from engineering to planetary science.

EAPS Graduate Student Investigating Gale Crater on Mars


Amanda Rudolph didn’t always know she would be a planetary geologist. Despite her current work – researching the geological history of Mars using remote sensing – she took a few years off following high school, then entered Community College. It was there that, in her words, she stumbled into a geology class.

Local High School Students Mentored by Science K-12 Outreach Recognized for Research


Students from Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind., recently attended the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Midwest Regional Student Research Symposium. Participating students presented original research, the result of mentoring provided in part by College of Science K-12 Outreach.

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