About Us

At the Earth and Planets Laboratory, we work at the frontier of human knowledge. We discover new worlds, create new materials, illuminate the inner workings of our planet, and seek to understand the universe that is our home. In 2020 we merged the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (est.1904) and the Geophysical Lab (est.1905) to create a new multidisciplinary department. By combining a century of scientific trailblazing, we are better suited than ever to collaborate, discover, and innovate.

Upcoming Events

Volatile chemistry in planet-forming disks
Dr. Jennifer Bergner, The University of Chicago (General Seminar)
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 11:00

The Science of Star Trek
Michael Wong (Neighborhood Lecture Series)
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 18:30

Latest articles and news

Meet the 2022 class of summer interns

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On May 31, 2022, the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) will welcome seven undergraduate interns to our campus to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program.

“Experiment, Fail, Learn, Repeat” Kara Brugman shares her secret to successful science

Kara Brugman at microscope

In this spotlight, Brugman talks about her recent work, discusses the importance of failure in science, and gives advice to anyone who may be looking to pursue a career in science

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Earth and Planets Laboratory scientists regularly explore our planet and the universe. Along the way they capture images of stunning landscapes, geophysical processes and data visualizations.

Browse our online image gallery to share in the journey of scientific exploration and discovery.

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