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Exoplanets

Yale Astronomy

Postdoctoral Associates & Fellows

John Brewer

John Brewer John is a postdoctoral fellow in the Exoplanet Lab at Yale who will spend part of his time at Columbia University, closer to his home in NYC. John published catalog of spectroscopic parameters for about 2000 stars (Brewer et al. 2016) with a technique he developed and calibrated against asteroseismic data to give a much-needed improvement in spectroscopic surface gravity measurements (Brewer et al. 2015).

John was a founding member of Planet Hunters, and a guru for the group on everything from computer system administration to data reduction code. John also developed "CHIRON TOOLS" (Brewer et al. 2014), an integrated web-based software suite for target scheduling and observing. If you are a CHIRON user, you have John to thank for the beautiful interface that has streamlined scheduling and observing (saving 1-2 hours per night of previously lost time).

John has unique expertise in database management. He is social force in the department and an avid bicyclist. He also makes astonishingly good ice cream - supplying local restaurants and keeping his colleagues happy!

Tabetha Boyajian

Tabetha Boyajian

Tabetha finished a Hubble Fellowship at Georgia State University where she worked on direct measuremnt of stellar diameters using interferometry before joining Fischer's exoplanet group at Yale (2012 - 2016) as a postdoctoral fellow. At Yale, she continued her work on stellar astrophysics and worked with Planet Hunters to study binary stars and planets in the Kepler data.

Tabby has accepted a faculty position at Louisiana State University and will be moving to Baton Rouge, LA in summer 2016.

Her website is: http://www.astro.yale.edu/tabetha and E-mail