I am interested in understanding the origin and diversity of planetary systems. I am leading multiple studies to characterize protoplanetary disks , how they evolve and disperse, and which of their properties mostly impact the planets that form within. To this end I have used a number of techniques (spectroscopy, spectroastromery, imaging) and observations at multiple wavelengths.
Gijs Mulders, Postdoctoral Researcher.
Gijs is characterizing exoplanetary systems around stars of different masses and identifying properties that reflect initial conditions in disks. See his webpage for more details on his present and past research [Gij’s webpage]
Min Fang, Postdoctoral Researcher.
Min is carrying out optical and near-infrared spectroscopy of richly clustered star-forming regions to investigate the effect of environment on the evolution and dispersal of protoplanetary disks. He is involved in the NASA-supported program “Earths in Others Solar Systems“.
Andrea is interested in linking the evolution and dispersal of protoplanetary disks to exoplanet compositions. See his website for current and past research [Andrea’s website]
Molly Simon, Graduate student.
Molly has investigated which physical mechanisms dominate the dispersal of protoplanetary disks. She is also very interested in improving astronomy education and in science outreach.
Nathan Hendler, Graduate student.
Nathan is interested in establishing the location of snowlines in protoplanetary disks. During his undergraduate work he has gained experience in radio and millimeter observations of disks.
– Elisabetta Rigliaco, Postdoc, now an independent Fellow at the Padova Observatory in Italy
– James Keane, Graduate student, LPL Arizona
– Davide Fedele, Postdoc, now Research Staff at the Arcetri Observatory in Italy
– Veronica Roccatagliata, Postdoc, now at the University of Munich, Germany
– Basmah Riaz, Postdoc, now at the University of Maryland
– Judit Szulágyi, Undergraduate student, now an independent Fellow at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
– Emily Hardegree-Ullman, Undergraduate student, now Graduate student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute