Project ID: 161
Supervisor(s): Benjamin Montet
My research group is focused on finding and understanding new planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, and developing new methods to better understand how stellar activity changes across stellar lifetimes. To do these, we use data from the NASA Kepler and TESS missions, as well as from ground-based facilities in Australia and abroad.
These data sets are large and growing, and I'm broadly interested in using modern statistical and computational methods to separate astrophysical signals from instrumental noise. This includes employing techniques from the machine learning literature and applying them to data to learn about stellar activity, planets, and other physical phenomena.
In detail, there are many avenues we could explore! Some possibilities include, but are not limited to:
I prefer to work with students to build projects together that match both of our interests, but any of these would provide a great baseline to build from towards this goal.
I'm looking for students at all career stages who are interested in research on nearby stars and their planets. If you're looking for a research project as an undergraduate, Honours, or potential PhD student, I'm happy to discuss projects. I expect successful Honours students to be offered the opportunity to study for a PhD. If you're interested, do get in touch.