Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

Center for Integrative Planetary Science

The Center for Integrative Planetary Science (CIPS) is an Organized Research Unit at U.C. with the task to unite scientists and students from many disciplines related to Planetary Science including many faculty from the EPS Department. 

Research associated with CIPS has included:

  • adaptive optics imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy that open up a new era of observational planetary astronomy
  • recent discoveries of the first known extrasolar planets
  • new research into the life cycles of extremophile bacteria, some of which survive in environments that are very hot or very cold
  • advances in the theory of orbital dynamics that are helping us understand physical models for planetary system evolution
  • paleobiological analyses of Earth's fossil record, showing that the introduction of biological complexity occurred suddenly
  • space mission discoveries that one or more of Jupiter's moons contain oceans
  • the discovery of ultra-high pressure chemical reactions deep with the Earth, and development of the first experimental constraints on the melting temperature of iron at Earth's core pressures

These discoveries, and others during the past decade, have revealed a remarkable set of connections among many separate traditional sciences: Geophysics, Astrophysics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Organic Chemistry, Biology and Planetary Science. These disciplines are well represented at Berkeley, where strong research programs with long records of accomplishment have existed for some time in diverse campus departments, the Space Science Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.