Erin M. May - Current and Past Research  

All papers to which I've contributed can be found here. First author works are linked below, or can be found here.

Want the quick summary of my papers? Check out my twitter thread summaries!

 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. Watch this space for JWST science updates!

 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