Welcome to Stellar Planet the website of Dr Hannah R Wakeford.
Hannah is a senior lecturer in Astrophysics in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK. Hannah leads a group investigating the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets using space-based telescopes.
Her work focuses on characterising the atmospheres of exoplanets through observations with the Hubble Space Telescope, and working towards a better understanding of how exoplanets can be explored further with JWST. Hannah has also developed theoretical models for exotic clouds in exoplanet atmosphere and uses them to interpret observations and make prediction for future studies.
Hannah completed an MPhys in Physics with Planetary and Space Physics from the University of Wales: Aberystwyth, with her masters obtained during on site research at the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) in the high arctic studying space plasma and the upper polar atmosphere. Hannah obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Exeter, UK in 2015, titled: “Cloudy with a chance of Water: Observational analysis of giant exoplanet atmospheres”
Following her PhD, Hannah was a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center from 2015-2017. She then returned to the University of Exeter as a Research Fellow for 4 months, prior to starting as the 2017 Giacconi Fellow at STScI in Baltimore, USA.
Hannah is passionate about science communication and has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows. She currently hosts Exocast: The Exoplanet Podcast with co-hosts Andrew Rushby and Hugh Osborn. She previously produced and hosted the award winning show The Science Hour on XpressionFM. Hannah has also published a popular science book co-written with Drs Brian May and Chris Lintott “Bang!! The Complete History of the Universe” is the 15 year update to the best selling Bang! with whole new chapters covering 9 billion years of new text and images.
Hannah.wakeford at bristol.ac.uk
University of Bristol Research Page: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/astrophysics/research/atmospheres/