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Variable Stars

Detection and characterisation of interesting exoplanet systems.


As seen on TV. (And heard on podcasts!)

NASA's Unexplained Files

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.

The Science Behind "The Expanse"

I joined the cast, writers and production crew of the Syfy show "The Expanse" in a live, recorded panel event at Caltech discussing some of the fantastic science behind the show.

"Under The Same Stars"

I sat down recently with writer and director Ali Alvarez, to be interviewed for her new upcoming documentary entitled "Under The Same Stars", about female astrophysicists in the US. The film is planned for release in 2018.

Surely You're Joking!

I joined Dr. Kevin Hickerson and his co-hosts Owen Benjamin and Griff Pippin for this episode of 'Surely You're Joking', a science and comedy podcast. We discuss the release of 1284 new planets from the Kepler mission


Dr. Carrie Nugent hosts this podcast, which gives an insider view into space exploration. On this episode, we discuss how to search for exoplanets, and how good a lemon, lime and bitters is.

Press releases, news articles and quotes...

6/11/17, HD 3167d: New Super-Earth Discovered around Nearby Star
4/18/17, USCS News: Planet hunting citizen scientists produce quick results for astronomers
3/1/17, Christian Science Monitor: Could the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets harbor alien life?
10/3/16, New Scientist: Superfast spinning stars cause strangest weather in the universe
9/6/16, FiveThirtyEight: Why It's So Hard to Find the Next Earth, Even if You're Looking Right At It
7/6/16, How a Young Jupiter Acted as Both Protector and Destroyer
5/10/16, BBC News Hour: On Kepler's Discovery of 1284 New Planets
1/7/16, BBC Science News: Star clumps harbour 'sweet spot' in search for alien life


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 are some upcoming and recent events:

April: Speaker, Society for Astronomical Sciences
February: Speaker, Los Angeles Astronomical Society

October: Telescope captain, Caltech Astronomy Lecture and Stargazing Party
August: Speaker, Space Telescope Universe of Learning Science Briefing
August: Speaker, Caltech Astronomy Lecture and Stargazing Party
June: Speaker, Astronomy on Tap
June: Speaker, AAS 228 Student Education and Outreach Event
May: Podcast guest, Surely You're Joking!
April: Podcast guest, Spacepod

PS. The Caltech astronomy department puts on regular events - you should check them out!