Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
My primary area of research involved the detection, confirmation, and characterization of extrasolar planets with a focus on radial velocity surveys. This area of research will be heavily impacted by the data collected with the Rubin telescope. Not only does the telescope have the potential to discover new transiting planets, but its data products will enable ongoing exoplanet surveys by providing multiwavelength light curves of the host stars. This will allow us to characterize the stellar activity of the stars around which radial velocity planets are being confirmed. The photometric time series can also be used to determine the rotational period of the star which could lead to a better determination of its age. In addition to exoplanets, I have been developing an SQL database and web application entitled the Starchive. LSST will be collecting data on millions of stars and the Starchive will be an excellent example of the type of user-centered catalog that could help astronomers produce the most impactful science with these large datasets.