I am interested in research, teaching and outreach related to Astronomy. My particular research focus is extra-solar planets or exoplanets. These are the planets that are way beyond Neptune and Pluto, which orbit other star systems or even float in the space between the stars. I observe exoplanet atmospheres, such as the one diagrammed here on top of a yellow star. The colors of an absorbing exoplanet atmosphere tell astronomers what the atmosphere is made of. That is why I make and interpret observations of exoplanet atmosphere colors (spectra). As a scientist who participates in publically funded projects and missions, I also believe it is my duty to communicate astronomical discoveries to the public.
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