Meg Schwamb


Hi! I'm Meg Schwamb. From August 2010-July 2013, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University in  YCAA and the Physics Department. I am currently an Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Acadmia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. You can find my most recent information here.

I am interested in the fundamental questions of how our solar system formed and evolved as well as exploring the process of planet formation. Currently, I am studying the outer solar system, specifically the Kuiper Belt and beyond. I'm searching for the largest bodies (include dwarf planets) in the Kuiper belt yet to be discovered in the southern skies with David Rabinowitz and studying the properties of these large objects. I am also looking for planets orbiting around other stars with a citizen science project to find and characterize extrasolar planets called Planet Hunters with Debra Fischer. I am also part of the science team for Planet Four, a citizen science project, led by Candy Hansen,  mapping seasonal fans on the South Pole of Mars to further study the Martian climate and weather.

I did my undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2006. I then headed to the west coast and lived in sunny Pasadena where I was a grad student in Planetary Science  at the California Institute of Technology in GPS. For my thesis, I searched for distant icy bodies like Sedna in the solar system and what they could tell us about the birth environment of our solar system  with my advisor Mike Brown.

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About me

Meg Schwamb

NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow

Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics

Department of Physics

Yale University

P.O. Box 208120

New Haven, CT 06520-8120


Credit: Robert Hurt (IPAC)