Yale University
New Haven, CT
12-13 June, 2017



Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science


The third Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science symposium (ERES III) was held at Yale University in New Haven, CT on 12 and 13 June, 2017.

ERES is held annually on a rotating basis between partner institutions. In 2016, it was held at Cornell University; in 2017, at Yale; and in 2018, it will be held again at Pennsylvania State University.

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ERES aims to give younger researchers (in particular graduate students and postdocs) an opportunity to talk about research in the broader field of exoplanet science.

Call for Feedback

We would greatly appreciate feedback in order to improve the planning and organisation of future iterations of ERES. We urge all attendees to fill in the post-conference survey (link provided in debriefing email).


Schedule of Events

12th June Time
Registration 08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Address 09:00 - 09:15
Presentations I: Stellar Studies 09:15 - 10:00
Break 10:00 - 10:30
Presentations II: Atmospheres 10:30 - 12:00
Lunch 12:00 - 13:15
Panel Discussion: Careers 13:15 - 14:15
Break 14:15 - 14:45
Presentations III: Climates and Habitability 14:45 - 16:15
Poster Pops 16:15 - 16:30
Posters 16:30 - 18:00
Dinner 18:00 - late

13th June Time
Presentations IV: Direct Imaging 09:15 - 10:00
Break 10:00 - 10:30
Presentations V: Radial Velocity 10:30 - 12:00
Lunch 12:00 - 13:15
Panel Discussion: Peer Review 13:15 - 14:15
Break 14:15 - 14:45
Presentations VI: Architecture and Dynamics 14:45 - 16:15
Concluding Remarks 16:15 - 17:45

Scientific Program




Name Institution
Melinda Soares-Furtado Princeton University
Songhu Wang Yale University
Sarah Blunt Brown University, SETI Institute, Stanford University
Alexandria Johnson Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emily Sandford Columbia University
Ryan Blackman Yale University
Allen Davis Yale University
Wilson Cauley Wesleyan University
Mariah MacDonald The Pennsylvania State University
Jonathan Jackson The Pennsylvania State University
Eileen Gonzales CUNY Grad Center, AMNH, Hunter College
Jean-Baptiste Ruffio Stanford University
Desmond Grossmann University of Graz, Austria
Ryan Petersburg Yale University
John Zanazzi Cornell University
Catherine Woodford Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Arthur Adams Yale University
Thea Kozakis Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University
Prajwal Niraula Wesleyan University
Mahmuda Afrin Badhan University of Maryland College Park
Dax Feliz Fisk University
Sarah Millholland Yale University
Lily Zhao Yale University
Jacob Luhn The Pennsylvania State University
Matthias Yang He The Pennsylvania State University
Joel Ong Yale University
Leo Liu The Pennsylvania State University
Kyle Sheppard University of Maryland
Jack O'Malley-James Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University
Jack Madden Cornell University
Adiv Paradise University of Toronto
Kaloyan Penev Princeton University
Samson A. Johnson The Ohio State University
Darryl Seligman Yale University
Joseph Schmitt Yale University
Earl P. Bellinger Yale University
Abhinav Jindal Cornell University
Andrew SD Foster Cornell University
Ross Jennings Cornell University
Miranda Herman University of Toronto

We thank all attendees for their participation. See you all next year!

Smiling faces of ERES III attendees

Smiling faces of ERES III attendees


We will host PDF versions of posters and slide presentations as they become available.

Name Title
Melinda Soares-Furtado Detecting Exoplanet Transits in Crowded Regions with Image Subtraction
Songhu Wang Improved Masses for the Potentially Habitable TRAPPIST-1 Planets
Sarah Blunt Orbits for the Impatient: a Faster Method for Fitting the Orbits of Directly Imaged Exoplanets
Alexandria Johnson Studying of Exoplanet Clouds by Earth Means
Emily Sandford Know the Planet, Know the Star: Precise Stellar Parameters with Kepler
Ryan Blackman Accounting for Chromatic Atmospheric Effects on Barycentric Corrections
Allen Davis Insights on the Spectral Signatures of Stellar Jitter from PCA
Wilson Cauley Exploring the Contrast Effect for HD 189733 b
Jonathan Jackson The Origin of Kepler-419b: a Path to Tidal Migration Through Secular Eccentricity Modulation
Eileen Gonzales Examining Cloud, Metallicity, and Gravity Signatures in Brown Dwarfs
Jean-Baptiste Ruffio Improving and Assessing Planet Sensitivity for GPIES with a Forward Model Matched Filter
Ryan Petersburg Modal Noise Mitigation for Fiber-fed Spectrographs
John Zanazzi Triaxial Deformation and Asynchronous Rotation of Rocky Planets in the Habitable Zone of Low-Mass Stars
Arthur Adams Characterizing Exoplanet Phase Curve Photometry Using Blackbody Models
Thea Kozakis Biosignatures and UV Environments of Earth-like Planets Orbiting White Dwarfs
Prajwal Niraula A Search for Planets in Selected K2 Targets
Mahmuda Afrin Badhan Deciphering Hot Exoatmospheres with the Atmos Photochemical Modeling Tool for Future Missions
Dax Feliz Revisiting Proxima Centauri b
Sarah Millholland Supervised Learning Detection of Sixty Non-transiting Hot Jupiter Candidates
Lily Zhao Observational Constraints on Planets in the Alpha Centauri Star System
Jacob Luhn The Flicker-Jitter Relation and Planets Around Subgiants
Matthias Yang He Modeling Period and Period Ratio Distributions of Exoplanetary Systems
Joel Ong Extreme Precision Wavelength Calibration with Laser Frequency Combs
Leo Liu Precision Photometry for Exoplanet/BD Atmospheric Characterization With WIRC-POL
Kyle Sheppard Evidence of Water Emission from Hot Jupiter Atmospheres
Jack O'Malley-James Surface UV Radiation on the Habitable Zone Planets of the TRAPPIST-1 System
Adiv Paradise The Habitability of Frozen Worlds
Kaloyan Penev Variable Tidal Dissipation from Observations
Samson A. Johnson Synopsis of the MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array (MINERVA)
Darryl Seligman A Vorticity-Preserving Hydrodynamical Scheme for Modeling Accretion Disk Flows
Joseph Schmitt A Search for Lost Planets in the Kepler Multi-Planet Systems and the Discovery of a Long Period, Neptune-sized Exoplanet Kepler-150 f
Earl P. Bellinger Fundamental Parameters of Exoplanet Host Stars with Asteroseismology
Miranda Herman Spin-Orbit Precession of the Hot Jupiter Kepler-13Ab


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Meeting Location

The primary conference location is Room A51, at the Watson Center, which is accessible by Yale Shuttle on the Blue, Red and Orange lines. Please use the Sachem Street entrance; A51 will be on your left when you enter.

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