Kim Katris McLeod

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Life history, in reverse

Other interests

 



Professor and Chair of Astronomy
Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781)283-2709
kmcleod-(at)-wellesley.edu

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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 is a 2014 AJ paper  and a 2015 AJ paper I'm on.

  • 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 -- Publications list 

  • 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)