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 (<1 billion years old) to their older (1-12 billion year old) counterparts. I am also interested in studying statistical properties of exoplanets, primarily with data from Kepler and K2 fields (e.g., planet occurrence, global population parameters, binarity), as well as fundamental properties (radius, metallicity, mass, luminosity) of late-type (late K and M) and ultracool (M6 and later) dwarfs and their young (<1 Gyr old) counterparts. More generally, I also study 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). Recently, I have become involved in using small sattelites (Cubesats and Smallsats) for high-impact science at comparatively low cost.
I'm 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.
Feel free to contact me at mann.andrew.w [at] gmail.com.
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