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Research Areas


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

Ancient Impact’s Seismic Waves Reveal Pluto’s Ocean, Core


Adeene Denton discusses unlocking the secrets of Pluto with

Briony H. Horgan is named Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences


Briony Horgan, Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences professor, is promoted to Associate Professor of the Purdue University College of Science.

Prof. Chavas receives NSF CAREER Award


Assistant Professor Dan Chavas has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The CAREER Program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.  The award will provide five years of funding, totaling $711,000.

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.

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