Sarah E. Moran is a PhD student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. She is studying planets around other stars, which are known as exoplanets. Through laboratory experiments and computer models, she investigates clouds and hazes in exoplanets to figure out how they affect the overall atmosphere and how they impact habitability. Sarah also works with observational astronomers, especially at Space Telescope Science Institute, to help them interpret her theoretical and experimental cloud and haze results in the context of transiting exoplanet observations. She is also passionate about science communication and science policy. Sarah is a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow in Astrophysics.
Chemistry of Temperate Super-Earth and Mini-Neptune Atmospheric Hazes from Laboratory Experiments, Moran, S.E., Hörst, S.M., Vuitton, V., He, C., Lewis, N.K., Flandinet, L., Moses, J.I., North, N., Orthous-Daunay, F.-R., Sebree, J., Wolters, C., M-R. Kempton, E., Marley, M.S., Morley, C.V., Valenti, J.A. Planetary Science Journal, 1 (17). DOI: 10.3847/PSJ/ab8eae. 2020.
Limits on Clouds and Hazes for the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, Moran, S.E., Hörst, S.M., Batalha, N.E., Lewis, N.K., Wakeford, H.R. Astronomical Journal, 156 (6), . DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aae83a (Research Highlight in Nature Astronomy; Research Highlight in AAS Nova). 2018.
Main Advisor: Sarah Horst