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Karen Willacy

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, University of Durham (1988)
  • M.Sc. Radioastronomy, University of Manchester (1990)
  • Ph.D. Astrophysics, Universtiy of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1993)

Research Interests
  • Chemistry of the interstellar medium, including prestellar cores, protoplanetary disks and circumstellar envelopes around late-type stars
  • Formation and evolution of pre-biotic molecules
  • Gas/grain interactions in the interstellar medium
  • Deuterium chemistry

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1998-Present)
    • Research Scientist(2000-Present)
    • National Research Council Resident Research Associate (1998-1999)
  • UMIST, Postdoctoral research associate (1995-1998)
  • University of Edinburgh, Postdoctoral research associate, (1993-1995)
  • Logica Energy and Industry Systems Ltd, Computer programmer (1988-1989)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award SIM Science Office Team (2011)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1998-1999)
  • Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of American Astronomical Society

Selected Publications
  1. Willacy, K. & Woods, P. (2009) Deuterium chemistry in protoplanetary disks. II. The inner 30 AU, ApJ, 703, 479
  2. Decin, L., De Beck, E., Brunken, S., Muller, H., Menten, K., Kim, H., Willacy, K., de Koter, A. & Wyrowski, F. (2010) Circumstellar molecular composition of the oxygen-rich AGB star IK~Tau: II. In-depth non-LTE chemical abundance analysis A&A (in press) arXiv:1004.1914
  3. Weber, A. S., Hodyss, R., Johnson, P. V., Willacy, K. & Kanik, I. (2009) Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange in Photolyzed Methane-Water Ices ApJ, 703, 1030
  4. Dodson-Robinson, Sarah E.; Willacy, Karen; Bodenheimer, Peter; Turner, Neal J.; Beichman, C. A. (2009) Ice lines, planetesimal composition and solid surface density in the solar nebula, Icarus 200, 672
  5. Woods, Paul M., Willacy, Karen (2009) Carbon isotope fractionation in protoplanetary disks, ApJ 693, 360
  6. Dodson-Robinson, Sarah E.; Bodenheimer, Peter; Laughlin, Gregory; Willacy, Karen; Turner, Neal J.; Beichman, C. A., (2008) Saturn forms by core accretion in 3.4 Myr, ApJ, 688, L99
  7. Woods, Paul M.; Willacy, Karen, (2007) Benzene formation in the inner regions of protostellar disks, ApJ, 655 L49
  8. Willacy, K. (2007) The chemistry of multiply deuterated molecules in protoplanetary disks. I. The outer disk, ApJ 660, 441
  9. Turner, N., Willacy, K., Bryden, G., Yorke, H. (2006) Turbulent mixing in the outer solar nebula, ApJ 639 1218
  10. Willacy, K., Langer, W. D., Allen, M., and Bryden, G. (2006) Turbulence driven diffusion in protoplanetary disks: Chemical effects in the outer regions, ApJ, 644 1202
  11. Padoan, P., Willacy, K., Langer, W. D. & Juvela, M. (2004) Electron abundance in protostellar cores, ApJ, 614 203
  12. Willacy, K. (2004) A chemical route to the formation of water in carbon-rich AGB stars Fischer-Tropsch catalysis, ApJ, 600, L87
  13. Willacy, K., Langer, W. D. & Allen, M. A. (2002) HI: A chemical tracer of turbulent diffusion in molecular clouds
  14. Langer, W. D. & Willacy, K. (2001) Protostellar core properties from far-infrared observations, ApJ, 577, 714
  15. Willacy, K. & Langer, W. D. (2000) The importance of photoprocessing protoplanetary disks, ApJ, 544, 903

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