Detection and characterisation of interesting exoplanet systems.
I am committed to increasing diversity and support for under-represented minorities in our community, especially women in STEAM.
Here are some of the mentorship and community support efforts I am or have been involved in:
May: Invited speaker, Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory, Poland
April: Invited speaker, Space Telescope Science Institute Exoplanet Symposium, Baltimore MD
March: Colloquium speaker, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
February: Colloquium speaker, Case-Western Univeristy, Cleveland OH
December: Colloquium speaker, NOIRLab/Steward Observatory, Tuscon AZ
October: Colloquium speaker, University of Oxford, England
October: Colloquium speaker, Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, Mexico
October: Colloquium speaker, Astronomical Society of Ireland, Ireland
October: Speaker, NExScI Symposium, JPL, Pasadena CA
August: Guest lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne Australia
August: Speaker, Greater IPAC Science Symposium, Pasadena CA
April: Colloquium speaker, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
February: Colloquium speaker, University of Washington, Seattle WA
February: Speaker, NExSS seminar, Pasadena CA
January: Invited speaker, National Academy of Sciences 2020 Decadal Survey, Washington DC
December: Keynote speaker, RTSRE Conference, Melbourne, Australia
October: Keynote speaker, dotAstronomy conference, Toronto, Canada
October: Colloquium speaker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD
October: Speaker, NExScI Symposium, JPL, Pasadena CA
September: Guest lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona CA
July: Invited speaker, Kavli Future of Exoplanet Research Symposium, Boston MA
July: Invited speaker, Moonshots and Earthshots, Green Bank WV
April: Colloquium speaker, Fermilab, Chicago IL
March: Colloquium speaker, Pomona College, Claremont CA
March: Invited speaker, Exoplanet Science Initiative Symposium, Pasadena CA
March: Invited speaker, Kepler & K2 Science Conference V, Glendale CA
March: Invited speaker, JPL, Pasadena CA
February: Invited speaker, TESS DATA Workshop, Baltimore MD
December: Invited speaker, Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School, Canberra ACT
November: Colloquium speaker, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena CA
October: Contributing speaker, Know Thy Star Know Thy Planet, Pasadena CA [PPTX Slides]
September: Invited speaker, ExSoCal 2017, Caltech CA
August: Invited speaker, Exoclipse 2017, Boise ID Exoplanet Occurrence Rates Using the Final Kepler Catalog [PPTX Slides]
June: Invited speaker, Society of Astronomical Sciences Annual Symposium, Ontario, NASA Wants You! How You Can Help NASA Discover Exoplanets [Video coming soon, PPTX Slides]
May: Invited speaker, Greater IPAC Science Symposium, Caltech, A Whole New World Mission [Partial video of musical number!, PPTX Slides,
April: Seminar speaker, UCLA, Caltech/IPAC and NASA GSFC, "Elusive Earths and Other Matters: Taking the Galactic Exoplanet Census"
January: Invited speaker, K2/TESS Special Session, AAS 229, Grapevine, "K2, TESS and The Future" [PPTX Slides,
October: Invited speaker, Hotwiring the Transient Universe 5, Villanova University
July: Invited speaker, Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop 2016, Caltech, "Astrophysical and Instrumental Noise Sources: Transits" [Video,
March: Colloquium speaker, Cal State Northridge, "Elusive Earths and Other Matters: Taking the Galactic Exoplanet Census"
December: Invited speaker, 5th Australian Exoplanet Workshop, Sydney, "Kepler/K2, TESS, and opportunities for Australia" [PPT Slides,
July: Invited speaker, Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop 2015, Caltech, "Implications of Completeness in Transit Surveys" [Video]
I appeared in eight episodes across two seasons of the Discovery Science channel program 'NASA's Unexplained Files', talking about
interesting planets discoveries. Click above for a short clip about Kepler-186f.
Dinosaurs in SPAAAAAAAAACE coverage
Did you know that dinosaurs lived on the other side of the galaxy? Here's a short animation I made showing how the solar system orbits around the center of the galaxy, and where the Earth was when some of your favourite dinosaurs reigned!
The astronomers behind System Sounds (particularly postdoc Matt Russo) have created a beautiful visual and aural experience of our new exoplanet system. It is SO COOL.
Every time one of the planets passes between us and the star, it makes a note. The tone of the note (how high or low it is) is determined by the planet's orbital period.
It sounds so pretty because of the cool chain of resonances that these planets are in! Have a listen!
During the covid pandemic, the Exoplanet Demographics conference that I organized movely fully virtual.
Wanting to exploit the format to explore some new, innovative outreach ideas, Heather Clitheroe and I
teamed up to produce "Heavy Metal Jupiters and Other Places", a daily zine during the conference comprising short stories, poetry, and art
inspired by the science results being presented that day.
Thank you so much to all the amazing contributors, and without further ado, please enjoy!!
I love talking to the public about astronomy, our beautiful sky, and the exciting hunt for planets
outside out solar system. I am so lucky that I get the opportunity!
Here is a blog post I wrote for the Society of Women Engineers about the difference between outreach and reaching out, and the importance of considering accessibility issues in astronomy outreach.
And, if you made it to the bottom of this page, enjoy a bonus picture of one of the highlights of my career, organizing a panel of amazing science fiction writers Becky Chambers, Simon Guerrier, Mary Robinette Kowal, and John Scalzi, emceed by the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait!!