NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, University of California, Riverside
Dual-Title Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrobiology, UW (2016)
Astrobiology Areas of Interest: Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures, Space Exploration, Education & OutreachC.V.: Schwieterman_CV_2015-11.pdf
I'm a graduate student in the astronomy department at the University of Washington in Seattle. I'm also a dual-degree student in UW's world-class astrobiology program. I completed my undergraduate degrees in astronomy and physics at the Florida Institute of Technology and sometimes miss the sunny weather there. I also spent two lovely summers researching and observing comets at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.
My research interests and activities include observations of Earth as an exoplanet, climate, photochemical, and radiative transfer modeling of terrestrial planet atmospheres, and generating synthetic spectra of model exoplanets. I'm particularly interested in work that can inform our ability to characterize Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of their host stars, especially in search of remotely-detectable biosignatures. You can find out more about my research on my research page.
I like to expand my horizons and contribute to the community outside of classes and research. I've served as a senator on various committees in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate for the last five years. Last year I served in a leadership role as an Executive Senator. I've also been the instructor and the community events organizer for the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program, which aims to increase diversity in astronomy and the sciences. I enjoy public outreach and teach K12 and undergraduate students about astronomy at UW's on-campus planetarium.
My hobbies include reading and writing science fiction, maintaining my menagerie of freshwater aquaria, hiking, and blabbing about science.
I'm a member of the Virtual Planetary Laboratory at the University of Washington. My advisor is Dr. Victoria Meadows. My research interests and activities include observations of Earth as an exoplanet, determining planetary properties from disk-integrated spectra, climate, photochemical, and radiative transfer modeling of terrestial planet atmospheres, and generating synthetic spectra of model exoplanets. I'm particularly interested in work that can inform our ability to characterize Earth-sized planets that reside in the habitable zones of their host stars, especially in search of remotely detectable biosignatures.I run many of the models I use on supercomputing resources available at UW including the Hyak cluster.If you would like to know more you can check out my CV (updated September 2015). Here's my author entry on NASA ADS (Astrophysics Data System) and my ResearchGate profile.
- Harman, C.E., Schwieterman, E.W., Schottelkotte, J.C., Kasting, J.F. 2015. Abiotic O2 Levels on Planets around F, G, K, and M Stars: Possible False Positives for Life? Accepted. The Astrophysical Journal. [ArXiv] [ADS]
- Schwieterman, E.W., Robinson, T.D., Meadows, V.S., Misra, A., Domagal-Goldman, S.D. 2015. Detecting and Constraining N2 Abundances in Planetary Atmospheres Using Collisional Pairs. The Astrophysical Journal, 810:57. [ADS] [ApJ] [PDF]
- Schwieterman, E.W., Cockell, C.S., Meadows, V.S. 2015. Nonphotosynthetic Pigments as Potential Biosignatures. Astrobiology, 15(5): 341-361. [ADS] [Astrobiology] [PDF]
- Amador, E.S., Cable, M.C, Chaundry, N., Cullen, T., Gentry, D., Jacobsen, M.B., Murukesan, G., Schwieterman, E.W., Stevens, A.H., Stockton, A., Yin, C., Cullen, D.C., Geppert, W. 2015. Synchronous in-field application of life-detection techniques in planetary analog missions. Planetary and Space Sciences, 106: 1-10. [ADS][Science Direct]
- Robinson, T.D.; Ennico, K.; Meadows, V.S.; Sparks, W.; Bussey; D.B.J.; Schwieterman; E.W.; Breiner, J. 2014. Detection of Ocean Glint and Ozone Absorption Using LCROSS Earth Observations. The Astrophysical Journal. [ADS][ApJ] [PDF]
- Knight, M.M., Schleicher, D.G., Farnham, T.L., Schwieterman, E.W., Christensen, S.R. 2012. A Quarter-Century of Observations of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 at Lowell Observatory: Continued Spin-Down, Coma Morphology, Production Rates, and Numerical Modeling. The Astronomical Journal 144:153. [ADS]
- Meech, K.J., and 191 colleagues (including Schwieterman, E.W.) 2011. EPOXI: Observations from a Worldwide Earth-Based Campaign. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 734:L1. [ADS]
- Knight, M.M., Farnham, T.L., Schleicher, D.G., Schwieterman, E.W. 2011. The Increasing Rotation Period of Comet 10P/Tempel 2. The Astronomical Journal 141:2. [ADS]
- Knight, M., Schwieterman, E., Schleicher, D. 2010. Comet 103P/Hartley. IAU Circ. 9163. [ADS]
- Schwieterman, E. W., Wood, M.A., Piwowar, D., Patterson, J., Rea, R., Monard, B., Krajci, T., Bolt, G., Roberts, G., Foote, J., McCormick, J. 2010. Time-Series Photometry of GW Librae One Year after Outburst. Journal of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy. Vol 3. [ADS] [JSARA]
- Addison, B. C., Durrance, S.T., Vennes, S., Schwieterman, E.W., Nickerson, D. 2010. Modeling and Observing Extrasolar Planetary Transits. Journal of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, Vol 3. [ADS]
- Piwowar, D., Wood, M.A., Schwieterman, E.W., Patterson, J., Monard, B., Rea, R., Starkey, D., Roberts, G. 2010. Time-Series Photometry of the Cataclysmic Variable Systems VY Aquarii and V2491 Cygni. Journal of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, Vol 3. [ADS]
September 2015: Workshop facilitator for Being a Research Assistant in the Physical and Natural Sciences during the UW's TA/RA Conference. You can see the slides I put together with a co-facilitator here (useful for new grad students!).
Fall 2014: Instructor for ASTR 192: The Pre-Major in Astronomy Seminar. The Pre-MAP seminar includes an introduction to programming, research methods, scientific writing, and public speaking. My course website can be found here. The Pre-MAP program website can be found here.
Winter 2014: CLUE Tutor for Astronomy 101 (Professor: Bruce Balick)
Teaching Assistant, Astronomy Department, UW (09/2010-12/2013)
Led discussion/quiz sections for the undergraduate introductory astronomy and astrobiology courses at the University of Washington: Astronomy 101 (Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology), Astronomy 150 (The Planets), and Astrobiology 115 (Life in the Universe)
Quarters of instruction at the University of Washington:
- Fall 2013: Astrobiology 115 with Professor David Catling
- Spring 2011: Astronomy 101 with Professor Christopher Laws
- Winter 2011: Astronomy 150 with Professor Woodruff Sullivan
- Fall 2010: Astronomy 150 with Professor Toby Smith
Fall 2012-Winter 2013: Physics and Astronomy Tutor for Student-Athlete Academic Services.
Spring 2011: CLUE Tutor for Astronomy 101
Jan-Dec 2009: NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassador - Promoted IYA activities to students and community. Traveled to local middle and high schools to conduct astronomy presentations and demonstrations.
Fall 2010-Present: UW Planetarium Graduate Student Presenter.Outreach and Volunteering
April 2012-Present: UWAB/VPL Education and Public Outreach Group.
2006-2008: Coach for the Brevard Collaborative High School Science Bowl Team.