I’m a third year graduate student studying exoplanets with Dr. Lauren Weiss and Prof. Dan Huber! I recently proposed my thesis: “Planets made of Star Stuff” where I will investigate the wide diversity of exoplanet compositions that we can infer from their density measurements, and whether that planet’s composition reflects that of its host star. My goal is to help us understand how Earth-size planets form across the galaxy, and how singular or commonplace the Earth actually is. I’m also an NSF Graduate Research Fellow!

Before this, I’ve worked on a wide range of topics in astronomy: from comets, to pulsars, to SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Originally from Vermont, I went to UVM for a B.S. in physics where I studied “LGM-1” aka pulsars. You can check out my two first author papers here and here! After graduating, I worked on the Breakthrough Listen project at the Berkeley SETI Research Center and contributed to two Fast Radio Bursts papers (here and here). My first project at the IfA was on the discovery of comet C/2017 O1.

Outside of astronomy, I love to cook/bake food from around the world and go hiking. I’m a member of an Academic Labor United, advocating for unionization rights. Living in Hawai’i has made me particularly invested in indigenous rights and decolonization.

Casey Lynn Brinkman

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Bachelor of Science, 2017, University of Vermont
  • Ph.D. Topic: Understanding the Diversity of Rocky Planet Compositions, and their Connection to Host Star Abundances
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