About Us

The Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP) Section began, officially, late in 2008, following approval by the AGU of a proposal from the community. As of the 2016 Fall meeting, we have 1027 AGU members who have chosen EPSP as their primary affiliation (and 515 primary student members), and 7186 secondary members. Earth and Planetary Surface Processes is a multidisciplinary field that embraces the full range of processes — including anthropogenic — that generate, erode, and measure landscapes, that generate stratigraphy, and that couple the internal dynamics of the surface to climatic and tectonic forcings.


To join the EPSP Section, log into your account at AGU. Select to update your “Profile” and choose “Earth and Planetary Surface Processes” as your primary “Area of Scientific Interest”.

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Keep up to date on all things EPSP by following us on Twitter (@AGU_EPSP), Instagram, and Facebook!

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of EPSP comprises:

  • Bob Anderson, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Andrew Ashton, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Sarah Baumgardner, Chevron Energy Technology Company,
  • Alex Beer, California Institute of Technology
  • Ben Crosby, Idaho State
  • Jon Czuba, Virginia Tech
  • Mackenzie Day, University of California Los Angeles
  • Roman DiBiase, Penn State
  • William Dietrich, University of California Berkeley
  • Jean Dixon, Montana State University
  • Kieran Dunne, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ken Ferrier, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Noah Finnegan, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Gordon Grant, Oregon State University
  • Gregory Hancock, William and Mary
  • Kimberly Hill, University of Minnesota
  • Leslie Hsu, USGS
  • Douglas Jerolmack, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michele Koppes, The University of British Columbia
  • Karl Lang, City University of New York
  • Isaac Larsen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Kate Leary, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Claire Masteller, Washington University St. Louis 
  • Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
  • Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall
  • Marisa Palucis, Dartmouth College
  • Paola Passalacqua, University of Texas Austin
  • Joel Scheingross, University of Nevada Reno
  • Eitan Shelef, University of Pittsburgh
  • Noah Snyder, Boston College
  • Kyle Straub, Tulane
  • Tess Thompson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Kelin Whipple, Arizona State University
  • Pat Wiberg, University of Virginia
  • Andrew Wilcox, University of Montana
  • Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University

Our student representative are listed on our Student Committee page

Current Officers

Gordon GrantGordon Grant (President)
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 
Corvallis, OR

Kimberly HillKimberly Hill (President-Elect)
University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN

Gregory HancockNoah Snyder (Secretary)
Boston College,
Boston, MA

Dorothy MerrittsDorothy Merritts (Past-President)
Franklin and Marshall,
Lancaster, PA