Department News Archive

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

asmopheric haze

Researcher Dr. Sarah Hörst and her team have recreated the chemistry of atmospheres on distant planets for the first time in the lab. The study was published in Nature Astronomy this week.

Two Faculty Members Featured in New Film about Hurricanes


Professor Anand Gnanadesikan and Assistant Professor Ciaran Harman are featured in, “Super Hurricanes: Inside Monster Storms.” The film, which comes after two of the most devastating hurricanes in decades, airs on the Science Channel at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 22.

Cassini Spacecraft Takes its Final Dive

This morning, after two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended an incredible journey of exploration. With the spacecraft’s fuel spent, operators deliberately plunged Cassini into Saturn—which it had orbited for 13 years —to make sure the planet’s moons remain pristine for future exploration. A small but significant piece of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics […]

New EPS Faculty Members

Meghan Avolio earned her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and is a plant ecologist studying the mechanisms by which global change drivers, including urbanization, impact the diversity of plant populations and communities. Her research addresses the consequences of global change for individual plants up to entire ecosystem functioning. Meghan has joined us […]

Dr. Sarah Horst receives Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Sarah Horst for being selected to receive Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award. In July 2017, thirty-four early career faculty members were selected to receive Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards, an honor that is accompanied by a $75,000 grant, mentoring opportunities, and institutional recognition. Recipients include faculty composing new musical work inspired […]

Can Big Data Solve Big Climate Problems?

Anna Scott

Research ideas can come from the unlikeliest of places. Just ask Anna Scott, a graduate student in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences.

New Assistant Professors

It’s a great pleasure to formally announce that we have several new assistant professors arriving this summer. They are Drs. Emmy Smith, Meghan Avolio, Maya Gomes, and June Wicks.

Congratulations Anand Gnanadesikan

Anand Gnanadesikan

Dr. Anand Gnanadesikan has been promoted to full professor with tenure in Earth & Planetary Sciences! Anand is a leading authority on Earth system dynamics and modeling. His overarching research goal is to understand how the many components of the Earth system interact to produce the variability we observe in modern climate.