Current team members

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Former team members turned collaborators




Adam Schneider, Postdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University


I am an observational astronomer who uses both ground- and space-based observatories to study the formation and evolution of extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, and low-mass stars.







Wilson CauleyPostdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University


I focus on transmission spectroscopy of hot planets and how these objects interact with their host stars.








Melodie KaoPostdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the School for Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. I am characterizing the magnetic fields of ultra-cool brown dwarf stars in an effort to understand the magnetic dynamo mechanisms operating in the mass regime that bridges planets and stars.






Parke Loyd, Postdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University


I specialize in ultraviolet observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope. My work currently focuses on observations of the ultraviolet light emitted from small stars, and in particular flares of that emission. Small stars harbor most of the planets in the universe, and their ultraviolet emission could be a determining factor in the evolution and present chemical state of the atmospheres of orbiting planets. I am also interested in the physics of atmospheric escape, stellar coronal mass ejections, planet-finding, and statistics. 





Tyler Richey-Yowell, Graduate Student at Arizona State University


My current work is on the evolution of stellar activity, looking to find the type of stars most suitable to host life. I am also part of a team to determine asteroseismic targets for the upcoming TESS mission. Previously, I focused on close binary star systems, mostly W UMa-types, and explored the evolutionary track of these types of pairs.






Ella Osby,  Undergraduate Student at Arizona State University











Joe Llama, Assistant Astronomer at Lowell Observatory


Research Interests: Star-planet interactions, transiting exoplanets, stellar and planetary magnetism








Laura Flagg, Graduate Student at Rice University


Research Interests: Low-mass stars, stellar spectroscopy, stellar binarity                            








Saul Kohn, Graduate Student at University of Pennsylvania


Research interests:  Young stars, transition disks, stellar spectroscopy, radio astronomy







Kristina Rolph, Undergraduate Student at Franklin and Marshall College











Ben Kidder, Graduate Student at University of Texas at Austin