Welcome to Stellar Planet the website of Dr Hannah R Wakeford.
hwakeford at stsci.edu (academic)
stellarplanet at gmail.com (personal)
Hannah is the 2017 Giacconi Fellow at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. Hannah primarily works with the Space Telescope Advanced Research Group for the Atmospheres of Transiting Exoplanets (STARGATE). Her work focuses on characterizing 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 Webb. 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 obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Exeter, UK in 2015. Prior to her PhD 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.
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 her Giacconi Fellowship at STScI.
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.