Rory Barnes

POSITION
Assistant Professor, Astronomy

ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH AREAS
Exoplanets: Detection, Habitability, & Biosignatures

Assistant Professor Barnes IS ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS!

BOX NUMBER
351580

OFFICE
PAB B376

EMAIL
rory@astro.washington.edu

Rory Barnes is a theorist in the Virtual Planetary Laboratory primarily interested in the formation and evolution of habitable planets. He focuses on planets in and around the “habitable zones” of low-mass stars, showing how their composition, orbital oscillations, and tidal processes affect our concept of planetary habitability. He has also worked extensively on the orbital evolution of giant exoplanets, demonstrating that most multiple planets systems appear packed, meaning no more can exist between those that are known. He is the editor of the book “Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets” (Wiley-VCH). Rory is also a member of the Astrobiology Program, the SDSS-III MARVELS collaboration, the APOSTLE survey of transiting exoplanets, and the N-Body Shop.

Current Students:
David Fleming
Hayden Smotherman
Rudy Garcia

Past Students:
Russell Deitrick
Rodrigo Luger

Selected Publications

Deitrick, R., Barnes, R., Bitz, C., Fleming, D., Charnay, B., Meadows, V., … Quinn, T. R. (2018). Exo-Milankovitch Cycles. II. Climates of G-dwarf Planets in Dynamically Hot Systems. The Astronomical Journal, 266. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aac214

Fleming, D. P., Barnes, R., Graham, D. E., Luger, R., & Quinn, T. R. (2018). On the Lack of Circumbinary Planets Orbiting Isolated Binary Stars. The Astrophysical Journal, 86. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aabd38

Deitrick, R., Barnes, R., Quinn, T. R., Armstrong, J., Charnay, B., & Wilhelm, C. (2018). Exo-Milankovitch Cycles. I. Orbits and Rotation States. The Astronomical Journal, 60. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aaa301

Barnes, R. (2017). Tidal locking of habitable exoplanets. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 509–536. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10569-017-9783-7

Luger, R., Lustig-Yaeger, J., Fleming, D. P., Tilley, M. A., Agol, E., Meadows, V. S., … Barnes, R. (2017). The Pale Green Dot: A Method to Characterize Proxima Centauri b Using Exo-Aurorae. The Astrophysical Journal, 63. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa6040

Luger, R., Agol, E., Kruse, E., Barnes, R., Becker, A., Foreman-Mackey, D., & Deming, D. (2016). EVEREST: PIXEL LEVEL DECORRELATION OFK2 LIGHT CURVES. The Astronomical Journal, 100. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/4/100

Shields, A. L., Barnes, R., Agol, E., Charnay, B., Bitz, C., & Meadows, V. S. (2016). The Effect of Orbital Configuration on the Possible Climates and Habitability of Kepler-62f. Astrobiology, 443–464. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2015.1353

Luger, R., & Barnes, R. (2015). Extreme Water Loss and Abiotic O2 Buildup on Planets Throughout the Habitable Zones of M Dwarfs. Astrobiology, 119–143. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2014.1231

Luger, R., Barnes, R., Lopez, E., Fortney, J., Jackson, B., & Meadows, V. (2015). Habitable Evaporated Cores: Transforming Mini-Neptunes into Super-Earths in the Habitable Zones of M Dwarfs. Astrobiology, 57–88. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2014.1215

Barnes, R., Meadows, V. S., & Evans, N. (2015). COMPARATIVE HABITABILITY OF TRANSITING EXOPLANETS. The Astrophysical Journal, 91. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637x/814/2/91

Heller, R., Williams, D., Kipping, D., Limbach, M. A., Turner, E., Greenberg, R., … Zuluaga, J. I. (2014). Formation, Habitability, and Detection of Extrasolar Moons. Astrobiology, 798–835. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2014.1147

Barnes, R., Mullins, K., Goldblatt, C., Meadows, V. S., Kasting, J. F., & Heller, R. (2013). Tidal Venuses: Triggering a Climate Catastrophe via Tidal Heating. Astrobiology, 225–250. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2012.0851

Heller, R., & Barnes, R. (2013). Exomoon Habitability Constrained by Illumination and Tidal Heating. Astrobiology, 18–46. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2012.0859

Barnes, R., Jackson, B., Greenberg, R., & Raymond, S. N. (2009). TIDAL LIMITS TO PLANETARY HABITABILITY. The Astrophysical Journal, L30–L33. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637x/700/1/l30

Jackson, B., Barnes, R., & Greenberg, R. (2009). OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE FOR TIDAL DESTRUCTION OF EXOPLANETS. The Astrophysical Journal, 1357–1366. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637x/698/2/1357

Jackson, B., Barnes, R., & Greenberg, R. (2008). Tidal heating of terrestrial extrasolar planets and implications for their habitability. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 237–245. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13868.x

Jackson, B., Greenberg, R., & Barnes, R. (2008). Tidal Heating of Extrasolar Planets. The Astrophysical Journal, 1631–1638. https://doi.org/10.1086/587641

Barnes, R., Raymond, S. N., Jackson, B., & Greenberg, R. (2008). Tides and the Evolution of Planetary Habitability. Astrobiology, 557–568. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2007.0204

Jackson, B., Greenberg, R., & Barnes, R. (2008). Tidal Evolution of Close‐in Extrasolar Planets. The Astrophysical Journal, 1396–1406. https://doi.org/10.1086/529187

Raymond, S. N., Barnes, R., & Mandell, A. M. (2008). Observable consequences of planet formation models in systems with close-in terrestrial planets. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 663–674. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.12712.x

Barnes, R., & Greenberg, R. (2007). Stability Limits in Resonant Planetary Systems. The Astrophysical Journal, L67–L70. https://doi.org/10.1086/521144

Barnes, R., & Greenberg, R. (2006). Stability Limits in Extrasolar Planetary Systems. The Astrophysical Journal, L163–L166. https://doi.org/10.1086/507521

Raymond, S. N., Barnes, R., & Kaib, N. A. (2006). Predicting Planets in Known Extrasolar Planetary Systems. III. Forming Terrestrial Planets. The Astrophysical Journal, 1223–1231. https://doi.org/10.1086/503594

Raymond, S. N., & Barnes, R. (2005). Predicting Planets in Known Extrasolar Planetary Systems. II. Testing for Saturn Mass Planets. The Astrophysical Journal, 549–557. https://doi.org/10.1086/426311

Barnes, R., & Raymond, S. N. (2004). Predicting Planets in Known Extrasolar Planetary Systems. I. Test Particle Simulations. The Astrophysical Journal, 569–574. https://doi.org/10.1086/423419

Barnes, R., & Quinn, T. (2004). The (In)stability of Planetary Systems. The Astrophysical Journal, 494–516. https://doi.org/10.1086/421321

Barnes, R., & Quinn, T. (2001). A Statistical Examination of the Short‐Term Stability of the υ Andromedae Planetary System. The Astrophysical Journal, 884–889. https://doi.org/10.1086/319782