Department News Archive


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

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 […]


Researchers cook up distant bodies’ atmospheres ‘in a bottle’ at Hopkins lab

Researchers cook up distant bodies’ atmospheres ‘in a bottle’ at Hopkins lab
Assistant Professor Sarah Hörst’s research was featured in The Baltimore Sun. She and her team of graduate student researchers are helping other planetary scientists prepare for future discoveries by showing them what conditions they might encounter in the atmospheres of distant bodies.


Can Big Data Solve Big Climate Problems?

Can Big Data Solve Big Climate Problems?
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

Congratulations 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.


Congratulations Sara Rivero

On Thursday, December 11, 2015  Sara Rivero presented her thesis entitled “Anthropogenic Change vs Natural Variability: Lessons Learned from the Continuous Plankton Recorder.” She will  receive her degree on May 18, 2016. Congratulations!


Congratulations Fisseha Berhane

On Thursday, February 9th Fisseha Berhane presented his thesis entitled “Intraseasonal Precipitation Variability Over Tropical Africa.” He will  receive his degree on May 18, 2016. Congratulations!


Teaching Professor in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a teaching professor position in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. The position will be filled at the Senior Lecturer, Associate Teaching Professor, or Teaching Professor level, as appropriate, starting as early as summer of 2016. Associate Teaching Professors and Teaching Professors are […]