Ph.D. candidate UC Santa Cruz

Steven Hawley

Caroline is a 5th year graduate student at UC Santa Cruz, studying the atmospheres of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. During her PhD she has applied atmosphere models to a variety of objects from super Earths to brown dwarfs. She has led papers showing the effect that salt and sulfide clouds will have on T dwarf spectra and colors and exploring the flat transmission spectrum of the “super-Earth” GJ 1214b. She has studied the coldest brown dwarfs—the new spectral class Y dwarfs—many of which will be cold enough for water clouds to condense in their upper atmospheres.