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Trevor David

Trevor David is an Exoplanetary Science Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at JPL. His research focuses on the detection and characterization of exoplanets transiting young stars using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and the K2 mission. Specifically, he uses these data to test theories that the characteristics of exoplanet populations change over time. Trevor obtained his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Caltech under the supervision of Dr. Lynne Hillenbrand. There, he focused on precision characterization of young stars and used observations to test theories of stellar structure and evolution. Trevor’s research makes use of both space-based (Kepler, Spitzer) and ground-based telescopes, primarily the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii as well as Palomar Observatory in California.

  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (2017)
  • M.S., Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (2013)
  • A.B., Physics and Astronomy, Vassar College (2009)

Research Interests
  • Transiting exoplanets
  • Planet formation and evolution
  • Stellar astrophysics

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Exoplanetary Science Initiative, JPL (2017–present)
  • Graduate research assistant, California Institute of Technology (2011-2017)

Selected Awards
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2014–2017)
  • Gerald Neugebauer Scholarship, California Institute of Technology (2015)
  • Lucy Kellogg English Prize for Excellence in Physics, Vassar College (2009)
  • Vera Rubin Scholarship, Vassar College (2009)
  • Ethel Hickox Pollard Memorial Physics Award, Vassar College (2008)

Selected Publications
  • T. David, I. Crossfield, B. Benneke, et al., “Three small planets transiting a bright young field star from K2,” submitted
  • T. David, E. Mamajek, A. Vanderburg, et al., “Discovery of a transiting adolescent sub-Neptune exoplanet in the Cas-Tau association with K2,” submitted
  • E. Gillen, L. Hillenbrand, T. David, et al., “New low-mass eclipsing binary systems in Praesepe discovered by K2,”, The Astrophysical Journal, 849, 11 (2017)
  • A. M. Cody, L. Hillenbrand, T. David, et al., “A continuum of accretion burst behavior in young stars observed by K2,” The Astrophysical Journal, 836, 41 (2017)
  • T. David, E. Petigura, L. Hillenbrand, et al., “A transient transit signature associated with the young star RIK-210,” The Astrophysical Journal, 835, 168 (2017)
  • T. David, L. Hillenbrand, E. Petigura, et al., “A Neptune-sized transiting planet closely orbiting a 5–10-million-year-old star,” Nature, 534, 658 (2016)
  • T. David, K. Conroy, L. Hillenbrand, et al., “New Pleiades eclipsing binaries and a Hyades transiting system identified by K2,” The Astronomical Journal, 151, 112 (2016)
  • T. David, L. Hillenbrand, A. M. Cody, J. Carpenter, and A. Howard, “K2 discovery of young eclipsing binaries in Upper Scorpius: direct mass and radius determinations for the lowest mass stars and initial characterization of an eclipsing brown dwarf binary,” The Astrophysical Journal, 816, 21 (2016)
  • T. David, J. Stauffer, L. Hillenbrand, et al., “HII 2407: a low-mass eclipsing binary revealed by K2 observations of the Pleiades,” The Astrophysical Journal, 814, 62 (2015)
  • D. Mawet, T. David, M. Bottom, et al., “Discovery of a low-mass companion around HR 3549,” The Astrophysical Journal, 811, 103 (2015)
  • T. David & L. Hillenbrand, “The ages of early-type stars: Strömgren photometric methods calibrated, validated, tested, and applied to hosts and prospective hosts of directly imaged exoplanets,” The Astrophysical Journal, 804, 146 (2015)

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