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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 […]


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 […]


Prof. Sarah Hörst receives tenure

Prof. Sarah Hörst receives tenure
The Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences congratulates our colleague Sarah Hörst, whose promotion to Associate Professor with tenure was approved by the Board of Trustees on December 4. Over the past six years, Sarah has played a central role in laying the groundwork for the department’s future as a center of […]


EPS graduate student featured in CNN coverage of Arecibo telescope

EPS graduate student featured in CNN coverage of Arecibo telescope
In the wake of the Dec. 1 collapse of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Radio Telescope, CNN has interviewed EPS graduate student Junellie González Quiles, who describes the telescope’s impact on her development as a scientist and its significance to Puerto Rico.


Sarah Hörst Wins AGU Medal

Sarah Hörst Wins AGU Medal
The Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences congratulates our colleague professor Sarah Hörst, who is a recipient of the 2020 James B. Macelwane medal from the American Geophysical Union.  Each year the medal recognizes three to five early career scientists across all subfields of Earth, Atmosphere, Oceanic and Planetary Sciences.  Professor Hörst’s citation highlights the work […]


EPS researcher awarded NSF postdoctoral fellowship

EPS researcher awarded NSF postdoctoral fellowship
Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Melissa Sims for being awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Division of Earth Sciences! The project is titled “Windows into Ancient Impacts: Examining Meteoritics Research with New Approaches,” and Dr. Sims will conduct research in collaboration with Prof. June Wicks and Prof. Sabine Stanley of the EPS […]


New York Times profiles fossil findings by EPS faculty and graduate student

New York Times profiles fossil findings by EPS faculty and graduate student
Concurrent with the publication of a new article in Nature Communications, the New York Times has profiled the research of Prof. Emmy Smith and PhD student Lyle Nelson into the animals of the Ediacaran Period. The new paper describes tomographic analyses conducted on fossil specimens of Cloudina and concludes that the organism was a bilaterian […]