Current Research

Affiliations

New Work with the TESS Team

In August, 2019, I started as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. I work with the TESS team, with Dr. Joshua E. Schlieder as my advisor. My work on nearby low-mass stars is now being expanded to characterizing the planets that transit them. First up is a discovery and characterization paper reporting two Earth-sized TESS planets orbiting a nearby early M dwarf. There is also ongoing work on stellar properties and flares. Stay tuned!

Continued Connection with RECONS

Collaboration with the RECONS team is ongoing, most notably on topics of astrometry and ground-based observations.

Promoting Small Telescopes: Although my time as the official “SMARTS Graduate Fellow” is over, I continue to promote the use of small telescopes in Chile, namely the SMARTS/CTIO 0.9m and SMARTS/CTIO 1.5m telescopes at CTIO. I am happy to discuss (1) whether either of these telescopes are right for your goals, (2) how to apply for or buy time, (3) how to obtain observations, (4) what to do with the resulting data, or (5) any other questions you may have.

The Tie between RECONS and SMARTS: RECONS currently runs two telescopes on the mountain in Chile. The first is the SMARTS/CTIO 0.9m telescope, at which we have an ongoing 20-year astrometry program. The long time-baseline of the program, extraordinary stability of the telescope and camera, and expertise of the team make this program a strong contributor to astrometric and photometric studies of nearby stars, even in the era of Gaia astrometry (publications). RECONS also runs the SMARTS/CTIO 1.5m telescope, most notably leading a comprehensive K dwarf radial velocity survey and providing key follow-up of exoplanet candidates.

Acronyms:

  • CTIO – Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
  • NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • RECONS – Research Consortium on Nearby Stars
  • SMARTS – Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System
  • TESS – Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (NASA Page, MIT Page)