Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Central peak of Hale crater on Mars (Inset: New Faculty Member Lujendra Ojha)Welcome Lujendra (Luju)! Luju holds a B.S. in Geophysics from University of Arizona (2012) and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (2016). He spent the following 3 years as a prestigious Balustein Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Scientist, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, before he joined us as an EPS faculty this month. An overarching focus of Luju’s research is the evolution of terrestrial planets and its effect on geological processes and habitability. Luju uses a diverse set of tools to understand these processes, including remote sensing, laboratory simulations, numerical modeling, and terrestrial field work. He is a Co-Investigator in the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) mission to Mars which is the most powerful camera that humanity has ever sent to another planet (see 3D rendering that Luju made below). Luju is always looking for talented students to work on planetary science projects. Visit him at http://www.lujendraojha.com/

Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:30AM
Mar 10     Brenda Ekwurze...
Colloquium
Lisa Tauxe, Scripps/UCSD
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:30AM
Mar 24     Lisa Tauxe&nbs...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Paint-Along Event: Sharks!
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 at 6:30PM
Our online Paint-Along Series will continue this S...
Geology Museum Events
Ask A Geologist: Glacial Landscapes
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:00PM
Join us for a presentation by Dr. Lucas Zoet, Assi...

New and Noteworthy

  • Anya Hess awarded dissertation development funding
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    Anya Hess has been awarded $2,000.00 in Off-Campus Dissertation Development funding by the School of Graduate Studies. This funding will go towards the cost of attending IsoCamp this summer, a 2-week intensive program on isotope geochemistry hosted at the University of Utah. Anya is currently...
  • Professor Gross to become NASA Deputy Curator of Apollo Moon samples and reflects to USA Today and...
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    NASA has offered Professor Juliane Gross an 18 month IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) position to help open the Apollo Moon samples that were sealed 50 years ago. She will be the new "Deputy Apollo Sample Curator" at NASA JSC in Houston and will work in curation next to Dr. Ryan Zeigler...
  • Dr. Paul Falkowski's work on the evolution of cellular metabolism
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    Dr. Paul Falkowski and his Rutgers colleagues have discovered two protein folds important for understanding the evolution of cellular metabolism. Evidence suggests that the processes responsible for facilitating the biological redox reactions shared by members of the "tree of life" may have first...
  • Professor Nathan Yee explores the possibility of life on Mars and beyond
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    Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Yee co-created and teaches Rutgers’ first course...