Climate scientist Konecky named Packard Fellow
One of only 22 nationwide to achieve this honor
Whether you are interested in studying the world beneath your feet, or worlds farther away, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences provides the tools for understanding the processes that shape our planet and other solar system bodies. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, and they are passionate about their work and training the next generation of scientists. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities allow our faculty to push the boundaries of their fields and give our students the chance to do their own research. We apply geology, mineralogy, petrology, biology, chemistry, physics, and math to investigate diverse topics such as early life on Earth, the structure of Earth's deep interior, the nature of contaminant transport, and the evidence for water on Mars. Our alumni are uniquely poised to help solve some of society's most pressing problems through careers in government, non-profit organizations, academia, and industry.
Maggie Osburn has been going to the field since she was a little girl. Now, she shares the joys of field geobiology with her students as an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University.
"I'm so excited to understand the history of water on Mars. If Mars could have been Earth-like, it can teach us about the early times on our own planet."
Ryan Ziegler spend his days looking after rocks. Normally, rocks don't require much care, but lunar samples are a different story entirely.
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Professor Catalano has been appointed the next executive editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, the official journal of the Geochemical Society and the Meteoritical Society. He also received multiple research awards from NASA. An award from the Department of Energy also supports Catalano’s study of trace metal dynamics and limitations on biogeochemical cycling in wetland soils and hyporheic zones.Read the Story
Assistant Professor Konecky received the Nanne Weber Early Career Award from the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award recognizes significant contributions in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology from researchers within 10 years of completing their PhDs. Honorees are selected on the basis of outstanding research impact, interdisciplinary work, leadership, and mentoring.Read the Story
Assistant Professor Parai was awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy for research on isotopes and experimental geochemistry.Read the Story
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