Understanding Planetary Evolution and Environments, Starting at Earth


Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences encompass a range of interrelated disciplines focused on understanding the origin of Earth and planetary systems, the processes that operate within them, and their evolution through time. We study the physics and chemistry of the solid Earth and its planetary neighbors, the causes and consequences of plate tectonics, and the origin and importance of the oceans and atmosphere. This knowledge is applied to understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, interactions between Earth processes and biosphere, preparing for natural hazards, locating, managing and utilizing Earth’s natural resources, and exploring our solar system and beyond. Faculty, students and researchers work all over the world, on all continents, in all of the oceans, and on four planets. All members of our community contribute to our department’s mission (click HERE for EEPS DEI statement) to pursue excellence in research, education and outreach in the fields of Earth, environmental, energy, and planetary sciences.


Join EEPS in congratulating Martha Lou Broussard for receiving the inaugural Distinguished Almumni Award from the Wiess School of Natural Sciences...

Image of Martha Lou Broussard Fellowship award winner 2024

Tuesday, May. 7, 2024

Faculty, Staff and Student Awards

EEPS celebrates the end of the 2023-24 academic year with awards to faculty, staff and students...

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Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024

Spring 2024 Graduation-Save the Date

EEPS Spring 2024 Graduation celebration announcement ...

The March/April 2024 Rocks and Minerals magazine highlights Tom Zhang as an up-and-coming mineral collector of note. The magazine cover features the ...