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Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium at Cornell June 13-14 2016

ERES 2 Conference poster

ERES 2 Conference poster

Young researchers in exoplanet science presented research and discussed emerging ideas in the field at the second annual Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium (ERES II) at Cornell University June 13-14. The symposium was a great opportunity to discuss ideas from an interdisciplinary perspective and rethink what we know about planets in and outside our Solar System.

ERES is aimed at early career scientists (graduate students, postdocs, advanced undergraduates) working in all branches of exoplanetary science and related disciplines, such as planetary science, engineering, biology, and related instrumentation and theory. The symposium gives emerging researchers the opportunity to present their research and network with peers, with the goal of enhancing collaborations within the exoplanet community.

ERES is held annually on a rotating basis between partner institutions. In 2015 it was held at Pennsylvania State University; in 2016 at Cornell and in 2017 it will be held at Yale University. The 2016 meeting was supported by the Carl Sagan Institute.



Monday June 13th 

9:15 Introduction & Welcome (0:15)

9:30 Exoplanet Characterization I

1) Exoplanet Transmission Spectra: Cloudy with a chance of Gems – Hannah Wakeford – NASA GSFC

2) Exploring Chemical Gradients on the Daysides of Hot Jupiters – Sarah Blumenthal – NASA GSFC

3) Rocky Exoplanet Interiors – Li Zeng – Harvard

4) Coronagraph-integrated Sparse Aperture Mask Low Order Wavefront Sensor (SAM WFS) Hari Subedi – Princeton

5) Diffuser-Assisted Photometry to Achieve Space-Like Precision from the Ground with Telescopes Large and Small Gudmundur Stefansson – Penn State

10:45 Break (0:30)

11:15 Exoplanet Characterization II (5 1:15)

6) Searching for the closest habitable worlds: cool stars with even cooler planets – Ryan Cloutier – University of Toronto

7) Keeping Track of Transits: New Challenges in Characterizing Long-Period Transiting Exoplanets – Paul Dalba – Boston University

8) Connecting Disk Astrochemistry to Exoplanetary Atmosphere Abundances – Alex Cridland – McMaster University

9) An Atmospheric, Orbital, and Eclipse-Depth Analysis of the Hot Jupiter HAT-P-30-WASP-51Ab – Andrew Foster – University of Central Florida

10) Moist runaway threshold and climatic evolution of Earth-like planets – Illeana Gomez-Leal – Cornell

12:30 Lunch Break (1:30)

2:00 Practice: Science Communication How-to (1:00)

Melissa Osgood, Blaine Friedlander, and Linda Glaser

3:00 Break (0:30)

3:30 Astrobiology (4 1:00)

11) Habitable Zones of Post-Main-Sequence Stars – Ramses Ramirez – Cornell

12) Decoding the global structures of debris disks – Alexander J.W. Richert – Penn State/GSFC

13) Using colors as a tool to prioritize rocky exoplanet targets for follow-up life detection studies – Siddharth Hegde – Cornell

14) Life at the End of Worlds: The Future of Earth’s Biosignatures – Jack O’Malley-James – Cornell

4:30 Posters (1:30)

1)  Assessing the information content of spectra using PCA – Allen Davis – Yale

2)  Infrared observations and thermal modeling of near-Earth asteroids Sean Marshall – Cornell

3)  Applying the SMALA MCMC technique to radial velocity data  Rejean LeBlanc – University of Toronto

4)  Finding Circumbinary Planets via Microlensing  Jacob Luhn – Penn State

5)  The abundance of atmospheric CO2 in ocean exoplanets Amit Levi Harvard

6)  Visible Wavelength Exoplanet Albedo Maps and Phase Curves Matthew Webber – MIT

7)  Early Dynamical Upheaval in Planetary Systems – Jonathan Jackson – Penn State

8)  Modelling Super-Earth Atmospheres – Sarah McKenzie-Picot – McMaster University

9)  Albedos and Colors of Solar System Bodies around F, G, K, and M Stars – Jack Madden – Cornell

10)  Testing the Limits of Earth GCMs for Eccentric Planets – Arthur Adams – Yale

11)  Fiber Architecture Characterization for the Extreme Precision Spectrograph – Ryan Petersburg – Yale

12)  Stable weathering equilibria in snowball planets in the habitable zone – Adiv Paradise – University of Toronto

6:00 Dinner (sign up during break)


Tuesday June 14th

9:15 Planet Formation/Statistics (1:15)

15)  Linking Super Earth Composition to Formation History – Matthew Alessi – McMaster University

16)  Generating a Vortex in the presence of a growing Gas Giant Planet Michael Hammer – University of Arizona

17)  Architectures of Kepler Planet Systems with Approximate Bayesian Computation Robert C. Morehead – Penn State

18)  The Period-Dependent Diversity of Small-Planet Compositions: Hierarchical Modeling of Transiting Exoplanet Masses, Radii, and Periods Angie Wolfgang – Penn State

19)  The formation efficiency of close-in planets via Lidov-Kozai migration –Diego Munoz – Cornell

10:30 Break (0:30)

11:00 Dynamics (1:30)

20)  Optimization of High Inclination Orbits for a Zodiacal Light Imaging Mission – Gabriel Soto – Cornell

21)  Capture into Mean-Motion Resonances for Exoplanetary Systems – Maryame El Moutamid – Cornell

22)  Extended Transiting Disks and Rings Around Planets and Brown Dwarfs: Theoretical Constraints J.J. Zanazzi – Cornell

23)  Hiding Planets Behind a Big Friend: Multi-planet Systems with Misaligned Giant Planet Companions – Bonan (Michael) Pu – Cornell

24)  Long-term evolution of the Solar System  Aleksandar Rachkov – University of Toronto

25)  HERMES: a hybrid integrator for simulating close encounters and planetesimal migration Ari Silburt – University of Toronto

12:30 Lunch Break (1:00)

1:30 Career Panel – what people look for in applicants, what careers are out there etc. (1:00)

2:30 Break (0:30)

3:00 Exoplanet Detection (1:30)

26)  KELT-11b: A Highly Inflated Sub-Saturn Exoplanet Transiting a Very Bright Sub-Giant – Joseph Rodriguez – Vanderbilt University

27)  NEID: Building A New Gold Standard in Precision Spectroscopy Arpita Roy – Penn State

28)  Science yield modeling with the Exoplanet Open-Source Imaging Mission Simulator – Christian Delacroix – Cornell

29)  Transiting Planets with LSST: A Tool for Exploring New Host Star Populations Michael Lund – Vanderbilt University

30)  How Quickly Will LSST Deliver Transiting Exoplanets? Savannah Jacklin Fisk/Vanderbilt University

31)  A Crash Course in Exoplanet Characterization with the James Webb Space Telescope Natasha Batalha Penn State


4:30 Concluding remarks



University of Toronto Adiv Paradise
McMaster University Alex Cridland
University of Toronto Scarborough Alex Rachkov
Penn State; NASA Goddard Alex Richert
Yale University Allen Davis
Harvard Amit Levi
University of Central Florida / Cornell University Andrew SD Foster
Penn State University Angie Wolfgang
University of Toronto Ari Silburt
Penn State University Arpita Roy
Yale University Arthur Adams
Cornell University Bonan (Michael) Pu
SIOSlab, Cornell University Christian Delacroix
Penn State Danley Hsu
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University David Chernoff
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Diego Munoz
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Dmitry Savransky
Society Health Magazine Limited Daisi Onetufo
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Dong Lai
University of Rochester Erin Scott
Cornell University Gabriel Soto
Penn State University Gudmundur Stefansson
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Hannah Wakeford
Princeton University Hari Subedi
Harvard University Hunter Merryman
Carl Sagan Institute. Cornell University Illeana Gomez-Leal
Cornell University Ira Wasserman
Cornell University J. J. Zanazzi
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Jack Madden
Penn State University Jacob Luhn
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Jamie Lloyd
Cornell University Jia Tian
Vanderbilt University Joey Rodriguez
Penn State University Jonathan Jackson
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Kassandra Anderson
Harvard Li Zeng
McMaster University Margot Smith
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Maryame El Moutamid
McMaster University Matt Alessi
MIT Matt Webber
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Max Power
University of Arizona Michael Hammer
Vanderbilt University Michael Lund
Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science Michelle Vick
Penn State University Natasha Batalha
Boston University Paul Dalba
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Ramses Ramirez
University of Toronto Rejean Leblanc
Penn State University Robert Morehead
Cornell University Ross Jennings
University of Toronto Ryan Cloutier
Yale University Ryan Petersburg
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Sally Blumenthal
McMaster University Sarah McKenzie-Picot
Fisk/Vanderbilt University Savannah Jacklin
Cornell University Sean Marshall
McMaster University Sian Ford
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Sid Hegde
Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Thea Kozakis