Department News Archive


Researchers simulate conditions inside ‘super- Earths’

Researchers simulate conditions inside ‘super- Earths’
Simulations offer insight into what previously had been limited to extrapolations and theoretical calculations By aiming intense X-ray beams at iron samples, scientists have discovered what may lie at the core of “super-Earths,” rocky planets triple the mass of Earth orbiting far-distant stars. Written by Jessica Ader.


Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth
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

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

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.