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Toby Rodel (They/Them)

I'm currently an MSc by research student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at Warwick supervised by Dr Daniel BaylissLink opens in a new window. My research focusses on predicting a yield of long-period planets from the TESS mission.

I also completed my BSc in Physics at Warwick and did my final year project on the detections of secondary eclipses in TESS data supervised by Dr Matteo BrogiLink opens in a new window.

Research interests:

During my MSc I developed the Transit Injection and Recovery (TIaRA) pipeline which I use to characterize the sensitivity of the TESS mission to transiting exoplanets of different radii and orbital periods. We can then combine this information with exoplanet occurrence rates and predict yields.

I am also involved in the vetting of TESS monotransit candidates as part of the NGTS monotransit working group.


As First author:

T. Rodel et al. - "Estimating the yield of monotransits from TESS" [IN PREP]

As Co-Author:

F. Hawthorn et. al - "Duotransit candidates from the TESS southern Ecliptic hemisphere" [IN PREP]

L. Doyle et. al - "Gaia SPOC properties" [IN PREP]

Conferences, workshops and talks:

National Astronomy meeting 2022 University of Warwick July 2022 Attended as a volunteer
LGBTQ+ STEM Day - Community &
Careers, Workshop & Celebration
Institute of Physics, Royal
Astronomical Society, Royal
Society of Chemistry, PRIDE in
November 2022 Attended
Exoplanet meeting work talk University of Warwick 18th July 2023 Gave work talk
UK Exoplanet Meeting 2023 University College London 8th-10th August 2023 Presented Poster
STFC Astronomy summer school 2023 University of Hull 28th-31st August 2023 Attended

Other interests:

I'm passionate about Outreach and science communication, I assisted with the science fair outreach event as a volunteer at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2022Link opens in a new window. I've also helped with other outreach events throughout my time at warwick, assisting with planetarium shows and volunteering at festivals including the Big Bang fair in Birmingham.

I enjoy amateur night sky observing, including with Warwick's own student led Astronomy societyLink opens in a new window, of which I was social secretary (2020-2021) during my undergrad, and with which I continue to help out as a postgraduate. I have recently been able to do some observing with Warwick's newly built Windmill Hill observatory.

I maintain an amateur enthusiasm for paleontology and occasionally read the latest scientific literature on the subject.

I play guitar in two bands

Write to:

Toby Rodel
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

Contact details:

Phone: +44 7860 205787
Millburn House


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