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Center for Space and Earth Science

Promoting and supporting high-quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and climate science.


  • Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Chris Fryer
  • (505) 665-3394
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  • Earth Systems
  • Sanna Sevanto
  • (505) 664-0232
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  • Geophysics
  • Charlotte Rowe (Char)
  • (505) 665-6404
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  • Space Science
  • Vania Jordanova
  • (505) 667-9908
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  • Planetary Science
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
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Expanding the frontiers of astrophysical, space, earth, and climate sciences and their signatures

The Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to promoting and supporting high quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and climate science. These subject areas are selected based on their breadth of scientific challenges facing the international scientific community, as well as relevance to the strategic objective to extend Laboratory scientific excellence.

CSES/LANL makes a special effort to promote and support new research ideas, which can be further developed through seed funding into major programs supported by federal or other funding sources. CSES also supports feasibility studies, in order to assess the potential for seed projects to rapidly advance to new capabilities and program growth.

CSES Partnerships

Collaborations between Los Alamos National Laboratory and university scientists is an effective way to promote creativity and extend science beyond today’s understanding.  As part of our strategy to encourage university collaborations, we strongly encourage participation of students and/or post docs, who in turn spend part of their research experience working with the Los Alamos scientific staff.

CSES is also committed to:

  • Developing long-term collaborative relationships with university faculty and departments that extend beyond the lifetime of any given project;
  • Establishing relationships with students working CSES-relevant research areas and assisting in identifying career opportunities for CSES-supported students at Los Alamos National Laboratory;
  • Supporting educational programs on topics relevant to CSES and desired by Los Alamos National Laboratory programs, particularly in subject areas where there are gaps and inadequacies in existing university curricula.

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