Dr Sarah Rugheimer (Simons Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews) is an outstanding early career researcher studying the atmospheric composition of exoplanets, and the potential of these atmospheres to provide fingerprints of conditions that can sustain life. Her key results include showing how clouds can complicate the detection of oxygen in an exoplanet’s atmosphere, and how a star’s ultraviolet radiation affects the ability to detect signatures of life on its orbiting planets. Her energy and vision were central to the creation of the Centre for Exoplanet Science at St Andrews, where she has integrated and utilised insights ranging from the geochemical and isotopic character of the Earth’s rock archive to the fundamental physics of how a planet’s atmosphere forms. Her lectures demonstrate a rare clarity of understanding, and she has proved effective at presenting scientific concepts to the public.
http://www.williamherschel.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Caroline-Herschel-Lecture-2018-Poster-final-version.jpg 1851 1338 Jim Foreman http://www.williamherschel.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/herschel-logo-new.png Jim Foreman2018-09-21 19:30:442018-11-23 12:55:10Wednesday 21st November - Caroline Herschel Prize Lecture. Bath University.