Earth: Inside-Out

Image credit: D. Sarah Stamps

Can't see it. Can't touch it. How can we know what's going on inside? Meet a few of the EAPS geoscientists working to understand just how the interior of the Earth works.


Laboratory Earth - Tales from the Field

Fieldwork is key in achieving the essential synergy between theory and observation necessary to understand natural processes. Discover where EAPS has been over the past 12 months.


Meet EAPS Three Newest Faculty Faces

EAPS welcomes Assistant Professors Hilke Schlichting and Germán Prieto and newly minted Associate Professor Mick Follows. Find out about the research passions of these new faces in three recent interviews.


ERL Honors Founder

To kick off the Earth Resources Laboratory’s (ERL) annual consortium meeting in May, corporate sponsors and EAPS alumni gathered in the newly renovated headquarters of the ERL to honor its founder, Nafi M. Toksöz.

Letter from the Department Head

A message from Professor Rob van der Hilst, EAPS Department Head.


In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Theodore Madden '49 (VIII), PhD '61 (XII) 

Professor Madden's contributions to research and teaching influenced a generation of earth scientists.


Other News

Sara Seager, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor and Chair of the EAPS Program in Planetary Science, has been awarded a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. EAPS congratulations on this highly deserved honor.


Getting Ahead in the Clouds

Atmospheric scientist Dan Cziczo takes his lab to the upper troposphere to solve a pressing climate puzzle.


Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide

Geophysicists Mike Fehler, Di Yang, and Alison Malcolm, are developing lower-cost, more accurate techniques for imaging and monitoring carbon dioxide (CO2) injected into underground geological formations for long-term storage. 


The Moon's Bumpy Gravity

Simulations based on lunar satellite data explain gravitational anomalies: GRAIL principal investigator Maria Zuber talks to Technology Review.


A New Lead on Earth's Lineage

Research by Oliver Jagoutz and co-authors points to large reservoirs of material deep in the mantle that may help to explain Earth’s origins.


Detecting DNA in Space

Researcher Christopher Carr, collaborating with Maria Zuber and others, in a step toward analyzing Mars for signs of life, finds that gene-sequencing chips can survive space radiation.


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Degrees Awarded

Degrees awarded during the 2012/2013 academic year. Degrees are conferred in September, February, and June.



Recent EAPS faculty and senior researcher awards and honors.



How to Spot a Mass Extinction Event

Would you recognise a mass extinction event if you came across one while digging in the Tunisian countryside? Watch this video interview with geobiologist Julio Sepúlveda, and you'll know what to look out for.


Meet an EAPS Undergraduate

Ben Thompson has an obvious passion for geology, but as he explains, that's a long way from what he thought he would end up majoring in when he first came to MIT.


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May 2013 - October 2013

Saluting EAPS' outstanding graduates at our commencement reception; Sea Ice, Climate, and Observational Mathematics; and How Air Pollution Affects Climate, and What We Can Do About It: Read about these and other EAPS events during the past six months.


Looking Ahead

EAPS Reception for Alumni and Friends at the AGU

December 9, 2013
Our annual reception during the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


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Online Learning

Global Warming Science comes to edX

Starting February 19, 2014, get an introduction to the physics of the climate system and the basic science underpinning discussions of anthropogenic climate change with this 12-week course staffed by EAPS professors Kerry Emanuel, Dan Cziczo, and David McGee. Registration now open.

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Get Out in the Field with EAPS Professors 

The Alumni Travel Program offers 35 trips each year to destinations all over the world. MIT faculty lead many of these adventures, sharing their knowledge to further enrich the travelers' experience. Not surprisingly, EAPS professors are well represented in this program. In 2014-15 explore the Mohave with John Southard, Iceland with Tom Herring, Alaska with Fred Frey, Sicily with Clark Burchfiel, New Zealand with Ron Prinn, and Antarctica with Susan Solomon read more

Support EAPS

By unlocking the mysteries of the natural world, EAPS faculty, researchers, and students are discovering answers to questions that pique the imagination and solutions to problems with important societal implications. Support these brilliant and creative minds with a gift to EAPS. In the face of uncertain federal research funding and increased competition for talent among our peers, your contribution will help us maintain our leadership in the geosciences. Fundraising priorities are fellowship support for graduate students and discretionary funding, used to seize opportunities and to address pressing needs.  

For more information on making a gift, please contact Dawn Adelson at dadelson [at] mit [dot] edu or 617.253.0593. You may also make a gift by going directly to our website at

Published December 2013
by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Editorial team: Helen Hill and Dawn Adelson
eapsnewsletter [at] mit [dot] edu
Next Issue: Exoplanets - Searching for Earth 2.0

Special thanks to: Christopher Carr, Jennifer Chu, Elizabeth Day, Jen Fentress, Vicki Ekstrom, Allison Gold Roberts, Oliver Jagoutz, Vicki McKenna, Germán Prieto, Allison Provaire, Heather Queyrouze, Nancy W. Stauffer, Anna Shaugnessy, Jacqueline Taylor, Robert van der Hilst, Yunpeng Wang, Genevieve Wanucha, and Lucas Willemsen.

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