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Jennifer Burt

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Exoplanet Discovery and Science


My work focuses on the detection and characterization of low mass exoplanets using ground-based precision radial velocity (PRV) facilities. During my PhD at UC Santa Cruz I helped to commission and automate the Automated Planet Finder (APF) telescope – a 2.4m PRV facility located in the hills above San Jose. Once the telescope was operational, I led some of the APF’s first science results -- including the detection of a new planet orbiting the nearby M dwarf GJ 687. After moving to MIT for a postdoc position I began acting as a PRV follow up specialist for the small planets discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Using the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan Clay telescope in Chile, I confirmed planets such as TOI-824 b and TOI-1231 b and measured their masses and bulk densities. As a JPL postdoc I helped to lead the Extreme Precision RV working group, and expanded my PRV work to include additional, redder, RV spectrographs such as the PAlomar RV Instrument (PARVI). And now as a JPL scientist I’ll be working with the Exoplanet Exploration Program Office to support the development of Extreme Precision RV science capabilities in the 2020s as we work towards detecting Earth-like planets orbiting Sun-like stars.

Before jumping into the world of exoplanets, I started my astronomy career studying planets much closer to home – while pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University I worked with Joe Burns and Matt Hedman to study the dynamics of Saturn's dusty ringlets.


  • PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California Santa Cruz 2016
  • M.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California Santa Cruz 2013
  • B.A. in Astronomy, Cornell University 2010

Professional Experience

EPRV Investigation Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Postdoctoral Researcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Juan Carlos Torres Fellow at MIT Kavli Institute

Community Service

Gemini Observatory Users Committee, SAG22 task force lead, NOIRLab TAC, ExEP Exoplanet Explorers organizing committee, NASA/NSF Extreme Precision RV Working Group steering committee, TESS spectroscopic steering committee, referee for ApJ, A&A, and MNRAS, consultant for NOVA.

Research Interests

Exoplanet detection and characterization, precision radial velocity measurements, stellar variability, telescope automation and scheduler development.

Selected Awards

JPL Strategic Undergraduate Research Partnership award

TESS Guest Observer program

ARCS Foundation Scholar

Selected Publications

  1. Jennifer A. Burt, Diana Dragomir, Paul Mollière, et al., “TOI-1231 b: A Temperate, Neptune-sized Planet Transiting the Nearby M3 Dwarf NLTT 24399”, AJ, 162, 3, 2021
  2. Jennifer A. Burt, Fabo Feng, Eric E. Mamajek, et al., “Three new low-mass exoplanets orbiting the nearby stars HD 190007 and HD 216520”, AJ, 161, 1, 2021
  3. Jennifer A. Burt, Louise D. Nielsen, Samuel N. Quinn, et al., “TOI-824 b: A New Planet on the Lower Edge of the Hot Neptune Desert”, AJ, 160, 153, 2020
  4. Jennifer A. Burt, Bradford P. Holden, Angie Wolfgang & Luke G. Bouma, “Simulating the M-R Relation from APF follow up of TESS targets: Survey design and strategies for overcoming mass biases”, AJ, 156, 255B, 2018
  5. Chelsea X. Huang, Jennifer A. Burt, Andrew Vanderburg, et al., “TESS Discovery of a Transiting Super-Earth in the Pi Mensae System”, ApJL, 868L, 39H, 2018
  6. Steven S. Vogt, Jennifer A. Burt, Stefano Meschiari, et al., “A Six-Planet Systems Orbiting HD 219134”, ApJ, 814, 1, 2015
  7. Jennifer A. Burt, Bradford P. Holden, Russell Hanson, et al., “The capabilities, performance and prospects for a dynamic scheduler on the Automated Planet Finder Telescope”, JATIS, 1, id 044003, 2015
  8. Jennifer A. Burt, Steven S. Vogt, R. Paul Butler, Russell Hanson, Stefano Meschiari, Eugenio Rivera, Gregory Henry & Gregory Laughlin, “The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: Gliese 687b – A Neptune-mass Planet Orbiting a Nearby Red Dwarf”, ApJ, 789, 2, 2014