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  Andrew J Skemer

Andrew J Skemer




Physical & Biological Sciences Division

Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
UC Observatories



Regular Faculty


Personal Website

Center for Adaptive Optics

UCO / Lick Observatory

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

2016-2019  UC Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor

2019-2023  UC Santa Cruz, Associate Professor

2023-         UC Santa Cruz, Professor



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.

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