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Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Physics And Astronomy
Areas of expertise: Exoplanet detection, stellar evolution, star formation
In the News
Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system
January 27, 2015
Rings Like Saturn's, but Supersized
January 26, 2015
What's that Jupiter-like thing doing so far afield from nearest star?
December 06, 2013
Researchers find that bright nearby double star Fomalhaut is actually a triple
October 08, 2013
Eric is an observational astrophysicist whose primary research interests are the formation and evolution of planetary systems, stars, and stellar groups in our Galactic neighborhood. His recent and on-going research projects and collaborations involve quantifying and trying to understand the evolution of protoplanetary and dusty debris disks around normal stars, improving distance and age estimates to astrophysically interesting stellar, protostellar, substellar, and planetary systems, and surveys to image extrasolar planets and substellar companions to nearby stars in the near- and thermal infrared. He has also recently discovered a few new nearby young stellar groups in the solar neighborhood within a few hundred parsecs of the Sun, and is interested in investigating the recent star-formation history and kinematics of the solar neighborhood and what it can inform us about star-formation mechanisms. He also recently co-authored a paper on the observational consequences of protoplanet collisions.