About

EPSP for Students

Welcome to the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP) Section Student Website. We are a group of students who volunteer to promote & advocate for student involvement in the EPSP community. We also facilitate networking opportunities for EPSP students, and gauge student interest & community climate. You might be familiar with our work organizing the Early Career Spotlight every month on the EPSP website. We also run Fall Meeting events like the EPSP Early Career Student Networking Event and Early Career Social Night.

View our Bylaws (adopted January 2021)

Bylaws Amendment 1 (evaluation rubric for selecting new members)

Meet your student committee representatives:

Interested in joining?

The AGU EPSP Student Committee recruits new members during December and January, please check back then for more info.

Note, all applications are evaluated following this rubric.

Vanessa Gabel, University of Colorado Boulder (she/her)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Landscape evolution, bedrock rivers, tectonic geomorphology

What influenced you to study EPSP?
For most of my life, I've been fascinated by the power of water to move sediment across the landscape. When I was little, I spent hours upon hours in the summer running a garden hose over a patch of bare dirt in our yard, watching gullies form. (My parents reprimanded me for wasting a lot of water; I maintain that these were important experiments). When I began studying geology in college, my love of water was matched by a newfound curiosity about plate tectonics and the concept of “deep time.” Now, I study landscape evolution, paying special attention to the role of bedrock rivers in tectonically active landscapes. This field of research allows me to merge the pieces of earth’s story that I find most intriguing: the shifting landmasses, the flowing water, and lots and lots of time.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I like to dabble in photography and put together photo albums. I also love Amtrak and have a goal to ride every line.

Contact Info: Vanessa.gabel@colorado.edu, Twitter: @unhappy_vans

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Michelle Harris, University of South Carolina (She/Her)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Coastal geomorphology, managed coastlines, coastal dune development/processes

What influenced you to study EPSP?
I have always had a curiosity about the world around me, and had a particular interest in the coast. Growing up in SE Texas, I witnessed tropical systems impact the coastal zone and the community that I grew up in. That quickly translated to research!

 What do you like to do in your free time?
I love day adventures with my dog, and trying to read fiction when time allows!

Contact Info: mh28@email.sc.edu, ResearchGate

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Madeline Kelley, Arizona State University (She/Her)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Sediment transport, aeolian geomorphology, fluvial geomorphology

What influenced you to study EPSP?
I love exploring our dynamic earth and learning from all the beautiful, unique places and people that call it home. The interactions and complexity of geographic and geomorphic research drew me in. I have worn many different career "hats." I value interdisciplinary research that combines human dynamics, biology, biochemistry, geochemistry, geology, hydrology, engineering, and atmospheric dynamics to increase our understanding of terrestrial (and extraterrestrial) surface processes.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Accompanying my dogs on their biking, rafting, hiking, camping, fishing adventures.

Contact Info: mmkelle4@asu.edu, Twitter: @Turbulenttimes1

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Shanti Penprase, University of Minnesota (She/Her/Hers)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Fluvial geomorphology, geochronology, glacial geology

What influenced you to study EPSP?
As humans, the Earth's landscape impacts all aspects of our lives in some way. I was inspired to study EPSP because I wanted to be able to understand the processes and past stories recorded in the landscapes we see every day. I love the idea of being able to study a place and understand how it has evolved over time and how the processes at play in that particular place will continue to shape it in the future.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I love running, biking, and yoga along with baking bread and going on long walks with my dog, Stella.

 Contact Info: penpr001@umn.edu, Twitter: @shantidune

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Brian Penserini, University of California Santa Barbara (He/Him/His)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Tectonic geomorphology, low-T thermochronometry, autogenic landscape evolution

What influenced you to study EPSP?
I followed a somewhat indirect path toward EPSP. I started college as a Mechanical Engineering major before realizing I wanted to learn about the natural world instead. I changed my major to Geology at the beginning of my Junior year and immediately knew it was the right choice for me. Eventually I became interested in pursuing EPSP as an area of graduate study during my Senior year, when I took my first geomorphology class. It seemed like the perfect fit considering my interests and experience.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy cycling and running in my free time. I've run in two marathons and I'm hoping to train for a third in the next year.

Contact Info: bpenserini@ucsb.eduResearchGate

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Chelsy Salas, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (She/Her/Hers)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Fluvial geomorphology and sediment transport

What influenced you to study EPSP?
I became interested in EPSP by accident. After high school, I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and started off as a business major. Coming from a performing arts high school, STEM was largely absent from my background. After two years of being a business major, I enrolled into an introductory geology course. It was in this course that I realized how little I had known about our shared planet and the many complex and dynamic processes that shaped it. I was unquestionably intrigued and changed my major to geology the following semester. I am now getting my PhD and love wading through rivers and taking in all the beautiful scenery.

What do you like to do in your free time?
During my free time, I try to take road trips and explore new places and activities. I love being the driver on road trips! On a day-to-day basis, I love spending time with my two beautiful cats, my insanely supportive partner, and my amazing friends and family.

Contact Info: crsalas2@illinois.edu

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Roshan Shukla, Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur (He/Him)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Central peaks in complex craters on planetary bodies, lunar Impact cratering process

What influenced you to study EPSP?
Initial inspiration was the thrill of field works and space missions from the planetary perspective. Later on the inspiring stories of a lot planetary researchers.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Singing, cycling, playing badminton and perhaps you can even find me exploring the imagery datasets of the surface of our Moon

Contact Info: roshanadarshshukla@gmail.comResearchGate, Instagram: @roshanadarshshukla

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José Silvestre, Tulane University (He/Him)

What are your EPSP research interests?
My research interests are understanding surface processes on deltaic systems and how these impact stratigraphic architecture.

What influenced you to study EPSP?
Growing up around the Gulf Coast really sparked my interest in understanding how nature and humans shape coastal environments.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy reading or hanging out with my friends during my free time.

Contact Info: Jsilvestre@tulane.edu, Twitter: @js_silvestr

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Garima Sodha, Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur (She/Her)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Lunar mineralogy, planetary geomorphology, spectroscopy, remote sensing and GIS

What influenced you to study EPSP?
Although I accidently ended up in EPSP, my interest kept increasing once I entered this domain. During my undergrad years, while reading the book Physical Geography by Strahler and Strahler, I developed my first spark for EPSP. With time, I got deeply fascinated by the natural processes, landforms, and the field adventures that are an integral part of such studies (and researchers are actually paid for carrying out these adventures!). I was in awe when I first saw the high-resolution images of Martian landforms during my first research project. Ever since then, the exotic landforms of the Moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies and the complexities of planetary scale processes have been fueling my interest in EPSP research.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I love to read, write, practice climbing, and plan Himalayan treks. If nothing else, I can be seen hanging out with friends and just chilling.

Contact Info: garimasd@iitk.ac.in, Twitter: @Garima_Sodha

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Danny White, Colorado State University (He/Him/His)

What are your EPSP research interests?
Fluvial geomorphology

What influenced you to study EPSP?
I grew up in the Western United States surrounded by diverse river systems. As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the physical processes that occur as water flows over the landscape taking the shape of rivers. In college I was introduced to the study of earth and planetary surface processes. Since then, I have felt extremely lucky to "play" in rivers while investigating scientifically interesting topics. In graduate school I have been involved in field studies investigating channel response to disturbance such as wildfire and climate change, conducted physical modelling experiments of floods in meandering channels with varied floodplain vegetation density, and simulated a variety of hydraulic and geomorphic conditions through numerical morphodynamic modeling.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy trail running, eating good food, and relaxing on river trips with friends and family.

Contact Info: danny.white@colostate.edu, Twitter: @dannywhitewater, https://danny-white-water.github.io/

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