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EPS students and faculty release statement and action plan opposing anti-Black racism

We, the members of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, vehemently oppose our society’s systemic oppression of and violence against Black people. From the roots of slavery to the mass incarceration and police brutality that continue to this day, the history of the United States is steeped in the suppression of Black lives and […]


Two students receive FINESST grants from NASA

Congratulations to EPS graduate students Michael Radke and Elle Hanson, who have received Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) grants from NASA! Elle’s project focuses on the formation of co-condensing ices in Titan’s polar atmosphere, and Michael’s focuses on identifying an unknown ultraviolet-absorbing chemical species in the atmosphere of Venus. […]


EPS alum named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

One of our recent PhD graduates, Jihua Hao (JHU, 2017), who worked with Dimitri Sverjensky, has been selected as one of 19 new Global Scholars in the CIFAR Azrieli program which covers the sciences and humanities. Jihua has just started a faculty position at the University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Hefei, China earlier […]


EPS student authors paper highlighting helium rain on Saturn

Graduate student Chi Yan has authored a paper in AGU Advances along with adviser Sabine Stanley. The project uses numerical simulations of Saturn’s magnetic dynamo to explore the thermal structure and possible chemical composition of the planet’s interior, with results suggesting the presence of a thick, stably stratified helium rain-out layer. JHU HUB covers the […]


EPS grad student’s equity work is highlighted in Physics Today

Since 2019, EPS student Miché Aaron has had a leadership role in the Women+ of Color Project, an alliance that supports women and gender-nonconforming people of color in their pursuit of graduate education in STEM fields. Miché and her trailblazing efforts in the WOCP have recently been profiled in Physics Today. Congratulations, Miché!


Beyond Our Solar System

Beyond Our Solar System
Exoplanets 101: faculty from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, including David Sing, Sarah Hörst, and Jocelyne DiRuggiero, explain how planets outside of our solar system are created and discovered—and whether life might exist on them.


Department research on Baltimore Mafic Complex makes the news

National Geographic, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post have reported on new findings by EPS department members that were recently published in the journal Geosphere. Their work focuses on rocks of the Baltimore Mafic Complex and concludes that these bodies are suprasubduction zone ophiolites derived from ancient upper mantle material, including a preserved section […]


Prof. Ben Zaitchik receives full professorship

The Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is delighted to announce that Ben Zaitchik’s promotion to full professor was approved by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 1, 2021. Prof. Zaitchik’s group studies both the physics of climate and the intersection of climatic processes with human society. In the past few years, this […]


Assistant Professor Emmy Smith wins Sloan Fellowship

Assistant Professor Emmy Smith wins Sloan Fellowship
Emmy Smith was recently awarded a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship for her work in Earth Systems Science. The fellowship was awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to 128 early-career scholars in multiple fields, who represent the most promising scientific researchers working today.


The Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellowship is open for applications

The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. We seek outstanding individuals with a recent Ph.D. in any area of Earth and Planetary Sciences or Environmental Sciences with strong links to departmental research interests. In recent years the EPS Department has made […]


Prof. Maya Gomes wins JHU Discovery Award

Prof. Maya Gomes wins JHU Discovery Award
A team led by Maya Gomes, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has received a Discovery Award from Johns Hopkins University. Given to interdisciplinary teams across the university, Discovery Awards are meant to catalyze innovative work on important problems. Prof. Gomes’ project builds on her longstanding interest in the global […]