Erin M. May - Current and Past Research  

All papers to which I've contributed can be found here. Selected works are linked below, and first-author papers can be found here.

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 Exoplanet Observations  

Spitzer Phase Curves

Phase curves allow us to study the heat transport and day/nightside planetary emission.  I am the PI of a funded NASA ROSES XRP program to perform a uniform analysis on the entire set of Spitzer phase curves to enable better population studies. 

 May & Stevenson (2020) - Calibration Map & WASP-43b 
 May & Komacek et al. (2021) - WASP-76b Phase Curves & Models

 May et al. (2022) - 8 new phase curves and Hot Jupiter Population Trends 

MOPSS - Magellan Optical Planetary Spectrum Survey

A survey of a dozen transiting exoplanets using the Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. To date, two papers have been published in this survey.

 May et al. (2018) - MOPSS I: WASP-52b and WASP-4b
 May et al. (2020) - MOPSS II: HATS-8b

JWST observations

I am a member of the JWST Transiting Exoplanet Early Release Science (ERS) team and the JWST Telescope Scientist Transiting Exoplanet Guaranteed Time (GTO) team. I am involved with three Cycle 1 GO JWST program teams. Though not research related, I regularly speak to the public about JWST and the science it will accomplish. 

(Image Credit, Zafar Rustamkulov)

 Bell, T. et al. (2022) - Eureka! (A tool for analyzing JWST time series observations of Exoplanets) 
 I've contributed code and continue to provide critical updates to the Eureka! project

 ERS Collaboration et al. (2022) - The First Detection of CO2 in an Exoplanet Atmosphere 
 I contributed to initial efforts to reduce the PRISM data used here

 Rustamkulov, Z. et al. (2022) - ERS observations of WASP-39b with NIRSpec PRISM
 I contributed a reduction of the PRISM data using Eureka!, contributed ideas which led to the methods used to recover the saturated region, including determining the most important parts of the process, made plots, and advised.

 Modeling & Theory  

3D General Circulation Models (GCMs)

3D GCMs allow us to study how a variety of external and internal conditions affect the climate (temperature, winds, etc.) of a planet; and map those to observational predictions. I generally work with the Rauscher GCM and have updated it to include the effects of variable irradiation from binary host stars (see May & Rasucher 2016 below) and the effects of a solid surface on the radiation and drag schemes (see May & Rauscher 2020 below). I also have experience using the NASA Goddard Planetary Spectrum Generator (PSG) to post process outputs from other GCMs, including ExoCAM to study observable properties of exoplanet atmospheres.

Recorded Seminars 

McGill Space Institute
February 2022

Spitzer Phase Curves and Population Studies

Infrared Science Interest Group
December 2021

Spitzer Phase Curves and Population Studies

Interstellar Probe Study Webinar Series
January 2021

Exoplanet Analogue Opportunities