Hi there! I’m Alex, Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taipei, Taiwan. Thanks for dropping in!
My research focuses understanding the cold, outer regions of planetary systems — through the study of long-period exoplanets, their host stars, and especially, the moons of these planets, which we call exomoons.
When we study exoplanets, we’re not just learning about what’s out there… we’re also learning more about our own home, the Solar System. In what ways are we ordinary, and in what ways are we extraordinary? This is still very much an open question — one that I’m eager to answer. To that end, I’m exploring a variety of observational and theoretical approaches to the problem, utilizing both survey and targeted observations, and thinking about new ways to go about making these observations in the first place.
For the last several years, a big part of my research has been the search for exomoons. I count myself very fortunate to have been able to get my PhD at Columbia University (NSF Graduate Research Fellow), where I worked with Professor David Kipping — one of the pioneers of this field. Even today, there are still not very many of us working on this problem, so there’s a lot of room to grow!
Anyway, click on the links above to learn a bit more about my work, if you’d like. And feel free to contact me through the online form linked above (I’ve tested it, it works). Also, follow me on twitter.