Paul A. Dalba, PhD

Planetary Astronomer

UC Santa Cruz / SETI Institute & Unistellar


Hello, and welcome to my web page! I am currently an Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Science Foundation. I hold a joint appointment at the University of California in Riverside and Santa Cruz. I am primarily in Stephen Kane's and Jonathan Fortney's groups.

EXCITING NEWS! Starting in June 2022, I will begin a 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted by the Heising-Simons Foundation. I will hold this fellowship at the University of California in Santa Cruz. I will also work with the SETI Institute and Unistellar on their Community Science Exoplanet Transit Program. Keep an eye out for news and scientific results coming from this exciting opportunity!

Previously, I was a Course Instructor of Computer Information Systems at the Riverside City College, having most recently taught CIS 830-832: Introduction to Python Programming in 2020 and 2021.

In July 2018, I defended my PhD in the Department of Astronomy at Boston University. My primary research interests are long-period exoplanet characterization and detection, observational astronomy, and planetary science. Please see my Research page for more information about my current and past projects.

Before graduate school, I worked as a researcher in the Planetary Science Section of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Before that, I attended the University of California at Berkeley, where I received my B. A. in Astrophysics in the Spring of 2012.

If you are interested in my work or collaborating on a project, please send me an email at pdalba -/at\- ucr -/dot\- edu or see my other Contact Information.