Faculty Directory

Department Chair: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz Department Manager: Jenna Scarpelli
Associate Chair: Ruth Murray-Clay Graduate Advisor: David Sugg
Undergraduate Program: Jonathan Fortney Graduate Program: Brant Robertson
Andrew Skemer
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
    • UC Observatories
  • Phone
    831-459-5753
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location CfAO 107
  • Mail Stop UCO / Lick Observatory
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Astronomy, Astrophysics

Summary of Expertise


Research Interests

My work involves characterizing the atmospheres of exoplanets and searching for new ones with adaptive optics imaging and spectroscopy.  To this end, I develop novel instrumentation and observational techniques to improve our ability to see very faint planets near their bright host stars.  I'm particularly in instrumentation that expands our ability to image exoplanets at a variety of wavelengths and spectral resolutions.

Biography, Education and Training

2002-2006  Swarthmore College, B.A.
2006-2011  University of Arizona, M.S. and Ph.D.
2011-2014  University of Arizona, LBTI Instrument Scientist
2014-2015  University of Arizona, Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow
2016-          UC Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor

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