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September 1, 2021

I’m starting as a 51 Pegasi b Fellow and remaining at UCSC for my fellowship!

June-August, 2021

We have been observing solar system planets with PEAS all summer long! We’ve observed Venus, Jupiter, Saturn so far.

November 25, 2020

PEAS got first light tonight! We managed to get a disk-integrated spectrum of Mars on our first night of observing.

November 18, 2020

PEAS made it up to Lick Observatory today! The instrument will be housed inside the Shane 3-m Dome and roll out to the parking lot for observing.

September 3, 2020

I presented on the new PEAS instrument for Lick Observatory at the virtual Santa Cruz Astronomy on Tap!

August 27, 2020

Callie Hood’s paper on characterizing exoplanet atmospheres with high-resolution spectroscopy is out on the arxiv! I helped simulate the observations with various instruments.

August 6, 2020

I gave a virtual talk for Keck Observatory all about the NIRSPEC Upgrade!

July 27, 2020

The PEAS telescope and mount have arrived!

February 2020

PEAS passed its design review! We are moving on to the construction phase.

January 2020

The PEAS project was funded by the Heising Simons Foundation! We were awarded $400,000 for hardware, engineering, and personnel. See the UCSC press release for more info. 

December 19, 2018

The NIRSPEC team is featured in a recent article on the Keck Observatory website! We successfully completed the upgrade in time to help scientists observe comet 46P/Wirtanen. It was an exciting couple of nights!

October 11, 2018

We closed up the NIRSPEC dewar after our second warm mission. This time, we adjusted the focus on the new SPEC detector, installed the new SCAM detector and optics, and fixed some motion control. We have one more opening before we’re done and ready for on-sky testing in December!

Installing the new slit-viewing camera in NIRSPEC. Photo credit: Chris Johnson

September 18, 2018

Our paper on measuring Y dwarf parallaxes using the Spitzer Space Telescope was accepted for publication and is out on the arXiv today!

E. C. Martin, J. D. Kirkpatrick, C. A. Beichman, R. L. Smart, J. K. Faherty, C. R. Gelino, M. C. Cushing, A. C. Schneider, E. L. Wright, P. J. Lowrance, J. Ingalls, C. G. Tinney, I. S. McLean, S. E. Logsdon, J. Lebreton. “Y Dwarf Trigonometric Parallaxes from the Spitzer Space Telescope.”, ApJ Accepted,

August 21, 2018

Our SPIE proceedings from the 2018 Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation conference in Austin, TX are out on the arXiv:

August 6, 2018

I’ve started work as a Keck Visiting Scholar at Keck Observatory in Hawaii! I’ll be in Hawaii for 3 months while we upgrade NIRSPEC.

May 21, 2018

I successfully defended my PhD! Over the summer I will be working on the NIRSPEC upgrade. I’ll be in Hawaii completing the upgrade over the Fall, and will start an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz in September! I’m very excited about this next phase in my career.

Defense photo
photo courtesy of Chris Johnson

April 12-15, 2018

I joined several folks from our lab on a trip to Keck Observatory to test some electronics as we get ready for the NIRSPEC Upgrade! The trip was very successful, and we were able to verify that our new motion controllers will drive the existing motors. Highlight pictures below, courtesy of Chris Johnson.

Electronics testing at the summit
Electronics testing at the summit, in the Keck II dome.

January 10, 2018

I gave my dissertation talk at the AAS Winter Meeting #231 in National Harbor, MD! Instead of the typical 5 min, I had 15 minutes to explain my thesis work! I presented on finding distances to Y dwarfs using Spitzer and the NIRSPEC upgrade. Thanks so much to Shenova Fashion for the awesome brown dwarf dress that I wore, and thanks to Startorialist for tipping me off to it 🙂

August 21, 2017

I traveled with some friends to Driggs, Idaho to see the total solar eclipse! It was my first time seeing a total eclipse and what an experience!! I highly recommend seeing one in real life. Here’s a photo of the diamond ring, taken by Chris Johnson, from the IR Lab.


August 2017

We finished up our High School Summer Workshop! The students gave excellent final presentations on their research projects. We had lots of fun observing too!

June 2017

We started our 4th consecutive year of the UCLA Astronomy Live! Summer High School Workshop! This year we have 8 fantastic students from the LA area. On June 27 and July 5 we have observing with the Lick Nickel 1-m telescope! We’ll be collecting data for the students’ individual research projects.

May 2017

I was one of four graduate students from UCLA to win the Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award!

March 2017

My paper on the surface gravity analysis of 228 M, L, and T dwarfs in the NIRSPEC Brown Dwarf Spectroscopic Survey was accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal!

E.C. Martin, G. N. Mace, I. S. McLean, et al., Surface Gravities for 228 M, L, and T Dwarfs in the NIRSPEC Brown Dwarf Spectroscopic Survey, 2017, ApJ, 838, 73, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/aa6338

January 2017

I presented preliminary results from our Spitzer parallax program at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, TX. Abstract here.

June 2016

I presented two posters at the 19th Cool Stars meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. I also presented a poster at the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. Abstract here.