(on the left; a more recent picture is here
Life history, in reverse
Professor of Astronomy
Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
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-4b, KELT-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 Telescope, Magellan 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)