Research Areas - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Research Areas


Atmospheric Sciences

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


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.


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.


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

Inside EAPS Summer 2017


Read all of the latest news in our department magazine, Inside EAPS, including Antarctica research, public outreach, and clean energy for hybrid vehicles.

Multiple EAPS Graduate Students Receive IN Space Grant Consortium Fellowship


Three EAPS graduate students have been selected for a NASA-affiliated graduate fellowship.

EAPS Graduate Student Awarded NASA Fellowship


Youmi Oh, an EAPS graduate student studying environmental geosciences, has been awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF).

Dr. Doug Schmitt Selected for Stephen and Karen Brand Endowed Chair of Unconventional Energy


Dr. Doug Schmitt will be joining the EAPS department in fall 2017 as the Stephen and Karen Brand Endowed Chair of Unconventional Energy, which was made possible by a generous gift from Stephen R. Brand, an EAPS alumnus, and his wife, Karen.

EAPS Graduate Student Awarded Multiple Fellowships


Marie McBride, an EAPS PhD student studying planetary science, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

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