I’m an observational astronomer interested in low-mass stars and exoplanets, particularly in the characterisation of M dwarf stars as planet hosts and as the main constituents of the Milky Way. I was born in Chile, I lived in Santiago until I moved to Ithaca NY for graduate school at Cornell, I was a postdoc at the AMNH in NYC, and now I’m a postdoc in the EXOEarths group at the IA/CAUP in Porto.
Publications: You can find them all in this ADS list.
Education/Research: I did my PhD at Cornell University (Dissertation: "The K-Band Metallicity and Spectral Type of M Dwarfs in the Solar Neighbourhood", under the supervision of James P. Lloyd. It got two prizes : AAS Doxsey and ASNY Grad paper). After gradschool, I was a postdoc at the AMNH, working with Sébastien Lépine, and now I'm a FCT fellow at the IA-CAUP, in the EXOEarths group.
Outreach/Teaching: I've been involved in outreach and teaching since undergrad school. At Universidad de Chile, I was the teaching assistant of the astro intro course. At Cornell, I participated in several outreach activities and enjoyed being the leader of the “Rockets!” workshop in conferences encouraging teens to follow careers in science and technology (EYH and Focus For Teens). I also was one of the teaching assistants in the astro intro courses during my first two grad school years. At the AMNH, I was involved in the After-School Program and Nasa Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), being the instructor of the “Stars” course, and the mentor of 3 high-school students every year. Since 2014, I'm a member of the GalileoMobile project.
Leadership: I was the president of the student body of the departments of Physics and Astronomy at Universidad de Chile. At Cornell, I held several officer roles in the CHilean ASsociation at Cornell (CHAS) and Graduate Women in Physics (GWP) student organisations. At the AMNH, I was one of the founders of the AMNH Postdoc group.
Other: I love ice-cream, super8s and Mr. Darcy. I like to dance, knit, read mystery novels, watch the extended versions of TLOTR movies, play Super Mario games, travel, watch and play football and ride my bike. Most of my friends call me Babs.
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