Kim Katris McLeod

(on the left; a more recent picture is here)

Life history, in reverse

Other interests


Professor of Astronomy
Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481

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Team 24 (local)

Current research interests

  • Exoplanet transit measurements with our campus 24" telescope.  My students and I are collaborators on the very neat KELT project.  Here are the KELT-4bKELT-6b,  KELT-7b, and  KELT-8b  discovery papers I'm on.  [Not up to date--there are more now including KELT-18b on which I'm not just an 'et al.'!]

  • Near Earth Objects (NEOs).  Here's a 2015 Planetary and Space Science paper that quantifies why we need to act quickly after discovery if we want to measure NEO properties.

Past research interests -- Complete pub list from ADS 

  • Galaxies with supermassive central black holes.  Starting c. 1992 I used some of the world's finest telescopes including the Hubble Space TelescopeMagellan  and Gemini North, to investigate the host galaxies of quasars in the near-IR.   One early paper that helped to usher in the black hole-bulge relation was this one from 1995.  Here is a 2009 ApJ paper describing the most distant ones.  

  • Disks and giant planets around young stars and brown dwarfs--I have used the Hubble Space Telescope to look for them.  We think we've found a planetary mass object in the Taurus star-forming region ( 2010 ApJ Letter), and also a Taurus brown dwarf disk (2007 Ap J paper).  And here is a 2014 ApJ paper reporting on the bigger search.

Former undergraduate research students
(in rough chronological order)

Rob Simcoe  Alice Shapley  Carrie Ryan  Sonya Rhee  Erin Condy  Alceste Bonanos  Carie Cardamone   Lindsey Deremer  Naomi Goldenson  Frannie D'Arcanegelo   Melissa Rice  Emily Bowsher  Rebecca Stol l Shelby Kimmel  Talia Sepersky  Amanda Zangari  Erin Martell  Allison Youngblood  Jaclyn Payne  Steven Mohammed  Ijeoma Ekeh   Matt Grossman   Lynn Geiger   Helen Ressler  Kerry Klemmer  Amy Tulay Guth  Kirsten Blancato  Anna Payne  Kerrin Arnold  Ashley Iguina  Rose Gibson   Anicia Arredondo  Ale Escamilla  Elif Samanci  Derrick Carr  Jenny Gubner  Casey Melton