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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 research 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 (TESS). 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. Now at JPL I’m a part of the Extreme Precision RV working group, and am expanding my PRV work to include additional RV spectrographs such as MAROON-X, HPF, and PARVI.

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

Exoplanet Exploration Program Postdoctoral Research Associate
Juan Carlos Torres Fellow at MIT Kavli Institute

Community Service

SAG22 task force lead, NOIRLab TAC, ExEP Exoplanet Explorers organizing committee, NASA Extreme Precision RV Working Group steering committee, Co-lead of EPRV WG survey strategies sub group, TESS spectroscopic steering committee, Organizer MIT Exoplanet Tea talk series, referee for ApJ, A&A, and MNRAS.

Research Interests

Exoplanet detection and characterization, precision radial velocity measurements

Selected Awards

JPL Strategic Undergraduate Research Partnership award
TESS Guest Observer program G03272

Selected Publications

  1. Jennifer A. Burt, Fabo Feng, Eric E. Mamajek, et al. 2020b, “Three new low-mass exoplanets orbiting the nearby stars HD 190007 and HD 216520”, accepted to the Astronomical Journal
  2. Jennifer A. Burt, Louise D. Nielsen, Samuel N. Quinn, et al., 2020a, “TOI-824 b: A New Planet on the Lower Edge of the Hot Neptune Desert”, AJ, 160, 153, 2020
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Steven S. Vogt, Jennifer A. Burt, Stefano Meschiari, et al., “A Six-Planet Systems Orbiting HD 219134”, ApJ, 814, 1, 2015
  6. 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
  7. 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