I'm currently an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on understanding how planets evolve over their lifetimes by comparing the properties of young planets to their older counterparts. I am PI of the ZEIT (Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time) survey, which focuses on identifying and characterizing planets in young clusters and star forming regions (e.g., Upper Sco, Hyades, and Pleiades) with data from the K2 mission. Check out some of the media/press coverage from this survey.I also work more generally on statistical properties of exoplanets (e.g., planet occurrence, global population parameters, binarity), primarily using data from the Kepler, K2, and TESS missions. Since we only understand exoplanets as well as well as their host star, a lot of this work focuses on fundamental properties of late-type stars and their younger counterparts. I am also interested in computational methods to analyze astrophysical problems with large data sets (e.g., machine learning), and handling astrophysical and/or highly correlated noise (e.g., model-based filtering, Gaussian Processes). More recently, I have become involved in using small sattelites (Cubesats and Smallsats) for high-impact science at comparatively low cost.
Contact me at awmann [at] unc.edu.
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