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Eva-Maria Ahrer

I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick, supervised by Prof Peter Wheatley. I am currently working on low resolution transmission spectroscopy data of exoplanet atmospheres obtained with the EFOSC2 instrument at the New Technology Telescope (NTT) which is located at La Silla, Chile. In particular, I am looking at features in the atmospheres of hot Jupiters such as sodium absorption or Rayleigh scattering in the optical wavelength range.

Other research interests include activity induced variations in stellar radial velocity data and their effects on accurate estimation of exoplanet characteristics. This also includes Bayesian model comparison with the nested sampling algorithm PolyChord. This follows my work during my research based Masters degree at the University of Cambridge under supervision of Prof Didier Queloz and Dr Vinesh Maguire-Rajpaul.


  • ESO ATMO 2021: Atmospheres, Atmospheres! Do I look like I care about atmospheres?, virtual, talk, 23 - 27 August 2021
  • National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2021, University of Bath, virtual, talk, 19 - 23 July 2021
  • JWST ERS Pre-Launch Data Hackathon, virtual, 21 - 25 June 2021

  • IAU CAP 2021, virtual, talk, 24 - 27 May 2021
  • UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, University of Birmingham, virtual, talk, 22 April 2021
  • STScI Symposium: Towards the Comprehensive Characterization of Exoplanets - Science at the Interface of Multiple Measurement Techniques, virtual, poster, 19 - 23 April 2021
  • Solar-stellar connection summer school, virtual, poster, 14 - 18 September 2020
  • Exoplanets III Conference, virtual, poster, 27 - 31 July 2020
  • Sagan Summer School 2020 on Extreme Precision Radial Velocity, virtual, poster, 20 - 24 July 2020
  • UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, Imperial College London, poster, 15 - 17 April 2019

Seminar talks

  • eIAYC seminar series, International Workshop for Astronomy (IWA), 22 July 2021
  • Exoplanet Pizza Lunch, Centre for Astrophysics (CfA) | Harvard & Smithsonian, 23 March 2021
  • Planet Formation Group Seminar, University of Heidelberg, Zentrum für Astronomie (ZAH), 15 July 2020

Teaching, Observing, Outreach and Other

  • I am part of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) taking place at the University of Warwick in July 2022.
  • As the PI of an ESO observing proposal I have been awarded with 10 nights of observing with the NTT/EFOSC2 in May, June and August 2022 and 4 nights of observing with the NTT/EFOSC2 in February 2021 (designated Visitor Mode due to COVID-19).
  • I have been a student committee member of the Equitea seminar series (since November 2020).
  • I was part of the Global Organization Committee (GOC) of the Exoplanets III online conference in July 2020.
  • I have been acting as a laboratory demonstrator in the 2nd year undergraduate physics laboratory course since October 2019.
  • I have been part of the organising and teaching team for the International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC, since February 2017.


Write to:

Eva-Maria Ahrer (she/her),
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

Contact details:

Twitter: @evi_ahrer