Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center

CSES Mission Statement

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience and Earth systems


  • Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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Our Mission

The Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) will focus on attracting and retaining a quality workforce through student, postdoc and university collaborations; support seminars, workshops and conferences, while remaining strategically relevant to a breadth of scientific challenges and objectives that support the Science Pillars. CSES will act as an integrating partner for LANL program development efforts.

The four CSES science disciplines (Astrophysics/Cosmology, Geophysics, Earth Systems and Space Physics) are aligned with the Laboratory Strategic Plan. CSES focuses on the scientific understanding of fundamental physical processes that are critical to the understanding of the structure and evolution of the earth, the solar system and the universe in which habitat earth resides.

CSES is 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 in 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
  • Supporting the development of emerging ideas in the Center’s science discipline areas through small Program Development and R&D projects

Additional mission elements include:

  • Enhancement of University-Laboratory relations by fostering collaborations between academic campus faculty, staff, students and Laboratory staff
  • Providing Los Alamos National Laboratory programs with systematic infusion of new ideas, people, and contact with the larger university community
  • Direct support of postdocs
  • Fostering top-quality research at the Lab in the more "basic" or "fundamental" aspects of fields that map into existing and/or emerging mission thrust areas of the Laboratory
  • Harnessing Los Alamos supercomputing and multi-scale measurements and modeling capabilities and providing a stimulating venue for Los Alamos scientists to broaden their research horizons