I'm currently an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Up until 2018, I was a Hubble Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York.
The primary research for my UNC-based team is to understand how planets evolve over their lifetimes. We focus on identifying and characterizing young (100-1000 Myr) and infant (0-100 Myr) planets, which offer a unique insight into the important early physical processes that sculpt and shape older planets, including those in the Solar System, and can even tell us which early factors are important in the formation of Earth-like and potentially habitable planets.
Our group also works 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 their host stars, a lot of the statistical work focuses on fundamental properties of late-type stars and their younger counterparts. Because the datasets involved tend to be large, many group members specialize in utilizing advanced computational and statistical methods to analyze large data sets (e.g., machine learning), and mitigating/modeling the effects of astrophysical (correlated) noise.
Some more details on our recent work can be found on my Research page.
Recently, our team has become involved in designing and launching small satellites (Cubesats and Smallsats) for doing high-impact astrophysics at lower cost.
Those interested in working with me in any of the science areas discussed above, or have a general interest in stars and exoplanets are encouraged to contact me at awmann [at] unc.edu to discuss projects. Students from underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy are especially encouraged to contact me.
Site last updated: Dec 2018