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Exoplanets

We study planets that orbit other stars, searching for them and characterising their types, compositions and atmospheres. Our research aims to understand the conditions on these planets, how they form and evolve over time, and the potential habitability of other worlds. Our work uses state of the art telescopes, both in space and on the ground.

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Academic Staff

Name Email Research Interests  
David Armstrong
(associate professor, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow)
D.J.Armstrong [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Machine learning for exoplanet discovery
  • Planet masses and interior structure
  • Close-in planets and the Neptunian desert

Daniel Bayliss
(assistant professor)

d.bayliss [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Transiting exoplanets via TESS, NGTS & HATSouth projects
  • Planet - host star correlations
  • sCMOS detectors
 
Matteo Brogi
(assistant professor)
m.brogi [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Observations of exoplanet atmospheres
  • Link between planet formation and atmospheric chemistry
  • Habitability and future detection of biomarkers
Heather Cegla
(UKRI Future Leaders Fellow)
h.cegla [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Stellar variability
  • Planet confirmation and characterisation (including radial velocities)
  • Star-planet spin-orbit obliquities / dynamical histories
Kevin Heng
(honorary professor)
kevin.heng [at] warwick.ac.uk  
Grant Kennedy
(assistant professor, Royal Society University Research Fellow)
g.kennedy [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Exocomets
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet-disc interactions
Farzana Meru
(assistant professor, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow)
f.meru [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet Migration
  • Dust Coagulation
  • Planet Formation
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Don Pollacco
(professor)
d.pollacco [at] warwick.ac.uk    
Dimitri Veras
(associate professor, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow)
Dimitri.Veras@colorado.edu
  • Planetary theory
  • Planetary systems around giant branch and white dwarf stars
  • Debris discs
Richard West
(associate professor)
richard.west [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Transiting exoplanet surveys (NGTS / PLATO)
  • sCMOS detectors
  • GPU-based data processing
 
Peter Wheatley
(professor)
p.j.wheatley [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Discovery of exoplanets with NGTS and TESS
  • Composition and winds of exoplanet atmospheres
  • Irradiation, evaporation and habitability of exoplanets

Research Staff

Name Email Research Interests  
David Anderson
(research fellow)
David.R.Anderson [at] warwick.ac.uk    
David Brown
(senior research fellow)

 d.j.a.brown [at] warwick.ac.uk

For PLATO-related enquiries:
psmoffice [at] warwick.ac.uk 

  • PLATO space mission
  • Spin-orbit alignment in exoplanetary systems
  • Tides in Hot Jupiter systems
  • Ages of exoplanet host stars
  • Satellite megaconstellations
    (See the Centre for SDA)
 
Lauren Doyle
(research fellow)
lauren.doyle [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Siddharth Gandhi
(research fellow)

Siddharth.Gandhi [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Samuel Gill
(research fellow)

Samuel.Gill [at] warwick.ac.uk    

James Jackman
(honorary research fellow)

jamesjackman@asu.edu  

George King
(honorary research fellow)

G.King.7 [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Marina Lafarga Magro
(research fellow)

marina.lafarga-magro [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Thomas Louden
(research fellow)

T.M.Louden [at] warwick.ac.uk    

James McCormac
(senior research fellow)

j.j.mccormac [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Rebecca Nealon
(Hawking fellow)

Rebecca.Nealon [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Protoplanetary discs
  • Planet disc interactions
  • Warped and misaligned discs
  • Black hole discs

Paul A. Strøm
(senior research fellow)

paul.strom [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Postgraduate Students

Name Email Research Interests  

Eva-Maria Ahrer
(PhD student)

Eva-Maria.Ahrer [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Matthew Battley
(PhD student)

Matthew.Battley [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Raphael Bendahan-West
(MSc student)

r.bendahan-west [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Exocomets

Edward Bryant
(PhD student)

Edward.Bryant [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Cait Clement
(MSc student)

Cait.Kutassy-Clement [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Patrick Cronin-Coltsmann
(PhD student)

Patrick.Cronin-Coltsmann [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet Formation
  • Low Mass Stars

Spandan Dash
(PhD student)

Spandan.Dash [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Vanessa Emeka-Okafor
(PhD student)

Vanessa.Emeka-Okafor [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Amena Faruqi
(MSc student)

Amena.Faruqi [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet-Disc Interactions
  • Planet Formation
  • Planetary System Dynamics

Jorge Fernández Fernández
(PhD student)

Jorge.Fernandez-Fernandez [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Andreas Hadjigeorghiou
(PhD student)

A.Hadjigeorghiou [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Faith Hawthorn
(PhD student)

faith.hawthorn [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Azib Norazman
(PhD student)

azib.norazman [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Exocomets
  • Debris Discs
  • Bayesian Nested Sampling
  • Machine Learning Methods
 

Catriona McDonald
(PhD student)

Catriona.McDonald [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • White dwarf pollution and debris
  • Planetary system evolution
  • Debris discs

Laura Milson
(PhD student)

Laura.Millson [at] warwick.ac.uk    

Sean O'Brien
(MSc student)

S.O-Brien.1 [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Ares Osborn
(PhD student)

E.Osborn [at] warwick.ac.uk  

Sahl Rowther
(PhD student)

Sahl.Rowther [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Gravitationally Unstable Protoplanetary Discs
  • Warped Discs
  • Planet-Disc Interactions

Rebecca Webb
(PhD student)

r.k.webb [at] warwick.ac.uk