Kim Katris McLeod
Life history, in reverse
I spent some time as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow.
I used to be an astrophysics postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (where I have also spent some sabbaticals).
I spent my undergraduate years as a physics major at Cornell University, where the weather gods granted me many happy nights of observing with the Fuertes Observatory 12" refractor -- here's photographic proof. I also worked under Jim Houck to build the first CCD camera that was used on the Hartung Boothroyd Telescope.
And way back when, I got my start as a true blue Delawarean. I did a lot of this.
Playing mandolin and listening to lots of music
Being active--Kung Fu (1st degree black belt 2019), biking to work, occasionally being upside down. I have also coached youth gymnastics, track, basketball, and soccer. And once upon a time I was a juggler.
Whitin Observers (local)
Current research interests
Exoplanet transit measurements with our campus telescope.
I've been at this a while. For fun I made my first exoplanet transit observation way back in 2001 after the first one had been discovered.
Past research interests -- Complete pub list
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 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.
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.
Former undergraduate research students
(in rough chronological order)
Rob Simcoe Alice Shapley Carrie Ryan Sonya Rhee Erin (Condy) Elliot Alceste Bonanos Carie Cardamone Lindsey (Deremer) Keeney Naomi Goldenson Frannie D'Arcanegelo Melissa Rice Emily Bowsher Rebecca Stoll 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 Genevieve Markees Nicole Ford Leafia Sheraden_Cox Chloe Shi A. Granados Nora Hoch Fiona Powers Ozyurt Hannah Stickler