Welcome to my page on our research group at the University of Bristol. I moved to Bristol in Feb 2020 to start a new team researching the atmospheres of exoplanets.
Dr Hannah Wakeford is an expert in atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets. Her work primarily uses spectroscopic time series observations of the planets during transit and eclipse to measure the composition and structure of their atmospheres. You can find her analysis pipelines on GitHub, and other scientific data in the tab above. Dr Wakeford is also on the Executive committee of the STARGATE collaboration (Space Telescopes Advanced Research Group on the Atmospheres of Transiting Exoplanets), an international collaboration to further the research on the characterization exoplanet atmospheres.
Lili Alderson is a School of Physics and STFC funded postgraduate student at the University of Bristol working with Dr Wakeford to analyze the transmission spectra of exoplanets using the James Webb Space Telescope. Lili is part of multiple successful observing programs on JWST and recently published her analysis of data from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes on the hot Jupiter WASP-17b. Lili previously completed her MSci with the University of Southampton with a research year spent at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard | Smithsonian. You can find Lili’s publications on ADS and information on her personal website lili-alderson.com
Matt Lodge is a School of Physics postgraduate student at the University of Bristol working with Dr Wakeford and Dr Leinhardt to develop theoretical models to evaluate the impact that realistic fractal particles, compared to spherical, will have on their scattering and absorption properties. Matt previously completed his undergraduate work at the University of Exeter in 2011 before moving on to complete a PGCE in Physics Education and was a secondary school teacher at Blundell’s School in Tiverton UK before starting his PhD at Bristol in 2022. You can find Matt’s publications on ADS and information on the Bristol website.
Dr David Grant is a STFC funded postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol working with Dr Wakeford to analyse the spectra of exoplanets using the James Webb Space Telescope. David previously completed his PhD at the University of Oxford. You can find David’s publications on ADS and information on his personal GitHub.
The University of Bristol has a vibrant and diverse Astrophysics Group. In exoplanet studies Dr Zoë Leinhardt and her team using numerical simulations to model early planet collisions and formation including the effects on atmospheres. You can find their research page HERE.