Hannah Wakeford CV

Hannah Wakeford | CV

Education
University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
2011–2015
PhD in Physics, Supervisor David K. Sing
Dissertation title: “Cloudy with a chance of water:Investigating hot Jupiter exoplanet atmospheres through observation and analysis”

University of Wales: Aberystwyth, UK
2007–2011
Combined Bachelors and Masters of Physics: Physics with Planetary and Space Physics
Dissertation title: “Relating geomagnetic substorm observations in the upper polar atmosphere to large scale solar CME events”

University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) Longyearbyen, Svalbard 
2011
Masters program taken as part of 4-year MPhys 
Radar diagnostics of space plasma and the upper Polar atmosphere 

Professional Appointments

Nov 2017 - Present: Giacconi Fellow at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)


July 2017 - Nov 2017: Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK

Aug 2015 - May 2017NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship appointed to NASA's GSFC administered by USRA


Selected Honors and Awards 
2016: NASA Robert H. Goddard Honor Award - individual recognition award for scientific
achievement.
2016: Winner of the NASA@Work public engagement video competition
2015: X-Media Awards Winner - Best Show for The Science Hour on XpressionFM
2015: X-Media Awards Winner - Best Innovation for Top Female Scientists card game from The Science Hour on XpressionFM
2014/15: UK Women in Astronomy Network Role Model
2014: National Grand Prize Winner of the Institute of Physics “3 Minute Wonder” competition
2014: International Womens Day Inspirational Women, University of Exeter
2013: Regional Winner of the Institute of Physics “3 Minute Wonder” competition
2013: BBC Academy Expert Women, Selected in the top 3% of all national applicants.
2013-2014: eXeter Radio Telescope at Caradon (XRT-C), Awarded 2,500 grant for Public Engagement Through Research by the Catalyst Seed Fund.
2011-2015: STFC PhD Candidate, Astrophysics Group, University of Exeter, UK
2010: Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) student fellowship, University of Aberystwyth, UK


Publications
First Author Papers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1. Wakeford, H.R.; Sing, D.K.; et al. 2017 HAT-P-26b: A Neptune-mass exoplanet with a well constrained heavy element abundance, Science, 356, 6338, pp 628-631
  2. Wakeford, H.R.; Stevenson, K.; Lewis, N.K.; Sing, D.K.; et al., 2017 HST PanCET program: A Cloudy Atmosphere for the Promising JWST Target WASP-101b, ApJ Letter, 835, 1, L12 
  3. Wakeford, H.R.; Visscher, C.; Lewis, N.K.; Kataria, T.; et al., 2017 High temperature con-densate clouds in super-hot Jupiter atmospheres, MNRAS, 464, 4, 4247-4254
  4. Wakeford, H.R.; Sing, D.K.; Evans, T.; Deming, D. & Mandell, A. 2016, Marginalizing
    instrument systematics in HST WFC3 transit lightcurves, ApJ, 819, 10
  5. Wakeford, H.R. & Sing, D.K., 2015, Transmission Spectral Properties of clouds for hot
    Jupiter Exoplanets, A&A, 573, A122
  6. Wakeford, H.R.; Sing, D.K.; Deming, D.; Gibson, N.P.; et al., 2013, HST hot Jupiter
    transmission spectral survey: detection of water in HAT-P-1b from WFC3 near-IR spatial scanobservations, MNRAS, 435, 4, 3481-3493
PhD Thesis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
exoplanet atmospheres, PhD in Physics, Doctoral Thesis, University of Exeter

Selected Co-Authored Papers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
  1. Evans, T.M, et al., 2017An ultrahot gas-giant exoplanet with a stratosphere, Nature, 548, 7665, 58-61
  2. Matthias, M. & Wakeford, H.R., 2017,  Near-UV transit photometry of HAT-P-32b with the LBT: Silicate aerosols in the planetary atmosphereAstronomische Nachrichten (AN),  
  3. de Wit, J.; Wakeford, H.R.; Gillon, M.; Lewis, N.K.; et al., 2016, A combined transmission spectrum of the Earth-sized exoplanets TRAPPIST-1 b and c, Nature, 537, 69-72
  4. Evans, T.M.; Sing, D.K.; Wakeford, H.R.; Nikolov, N.; et al., 2016, Detection of H2O andEvidence for TiO/VO in an Ultra-hot Exoplanet Atmosphere, ApJ Letters, 822, L4
  5. Sing, D.K.; Fortney, J.J.; Nikolov, N.; Wakeford, H.R.; et al., 2016, A continuum from clearto cloudy hot-Jupiter exoplanets without primordial water depletion, Nature, 529, 59-62
  6. Sing, D.K.; Wakeford, H.R.; Showman, A.P.; Nikolov, N.; et al., 2014, HST hot-Jupitertransmission spectral survey: detection of potassium in WASP-31b along with a cloud-deck andRayleigh scattering, MNRAS, 446, 3, 2428-2443
  7. Nikolov, N.; Sing, D.K.; Pont, F.; Burrows, A.S.; et al., 2014, Hubble Space Telescopehot Jupiter transmission spectral survey: a detection of Na and strong optical absorption in HAT-P-1b, MNRAS, 437, 46-66
  8. Sing, D.K.; Lecavelier des Etangs, A.; Fortney, J.J.; Burrows, A.S.; et al., 2013, HST hot-Jupiter transmission spectral survey: evidence for aerosols and lack of TiO in the atmosphereof WASP-12b, MNRAS, 436, 2956-2973


Scientific Communication and Public engagement
I am an advocate for science communication and public engagement. I particularly enjoy media related work and public talks to engage with large audiences and project scientific research in to the public conversation. For this I have been recognized with many commendations and appointments.

Video, Audio, and Print Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016-Present: Exocast - The Exoplanet Podcast, co-host, -producer, and -editor
Feb 2017:
NASA TV live shots: TRAPPIST-1 press event, expert guest
Oct 2016: BBC Horizon, TV documentary, “Extreme weather in the Universe”, expert guest 
July 2016: Press Release: NASA HST makes first atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets. 
June 2016: Many Worlds Online Column - JUNO, Jupiter and Exo-Jupiters, scientific expert 
May 2016: NASA TV live coverage of Mercury Transit, scientific contributor.
Oct 2015: NASA TV: What’s new in aerospace? Exploring Alien Atmospheres, expert guest
Mar 2015: BBC Radio Devon, Solar Eclipse Special, science expert
Mar 2015: ITV Regional News, Solar Eclipse Special, science expert
2015
: Top Female Scientists Card Game, co-developer and producer - Obtained 5,000 funding
to print and distribute the card decks for free to over 50 schools nationwide.
2013-2015: Producer and host of The Science Hour on 87.7 XpressionFM 
2014-2015: Producer and host of H&M Astro Video Log
2014-2015: ITV Regional News, expert guest
Sep 2014
: BBC Sky at Night, TV series, “Hunt for E.T”, expert guest 
2013-2014: BBC Radio Devon, Fitz Drive-time News, science expert
July 2013: Naked Scientists Podcast, “planets around other stars”, expert guest

Public Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
May 2017: Philosophical Society of Washington, Cosmos Club DC - Guest Speaker
May 2017: Geological Society of Washington, Cosmos Club DC - Guest Speaker
April 2017: Taste of Science DC - Guest Speaker
Mar 2017: The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Night Skies in the Observatory - Guest speaker
June 2016: Awesome Con, Washington DC, USA - Organizer & Panel Guest for “Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction”
May 2015: Soapbox Science, Exeter city center, UK - expert speaker
Mar 2015
: Solar Eclipse Viewing party, University of Exeter - Organizer & host for local schools
and 2,000 members of the public.
2012-2014: BBC Stargazing Live Regional events - exhibition member 
2011-2013: Big Bang South West Regional Exhibition Event, Exeter, UK - exhibition member


Invited Outreach in Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Mar 2015: Eggbuckland community college, UK - Special assembly for the Solar Eclipse.
2014-2015: Eggbuckland community college, UK - Skype Q&A lessons
Summer 2013: Catalyst Seed Fund Family Project, University of Exeter/Royal Albert Memorial Museum, The physics and culture of light and color. 4,000 grant
Mar 2013: Ratcliff School for autistic children, Dawlish, UK - Planets in our solar system & beyond. 



Selected Observational Programs
PI and Science-PI programs.......................................................................... 
HST C24, GO-14918, P.I H.R. Wakeford: 10 orbits, Definitive measurement of WASP-17b's water abundance in preparation for JWST
HST C23, GO-14169, P.I H.R. Wakeford: 5 orbits, Measuring the absolute H2O abundance
of WASP-39b’s atmosphere
CFHT 2014A & B, acting P.I with Lecavelier des Etangs: 5 nights, Characterizing the
K-band atmospheric transmission of hot Jupiter exoplanets.
Subaru 2013-2014, Co-P.I with N. Narita: 3 nights, in collaboration with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

Selected Co-I programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
HST DD GO-14873: 23 orbits, Exploratory observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system: essential
prelude to an immediate JWST follow-up
HST C24, GO-14619, P.I J. Spake: 15 orbits, Characterizing the atmosphere of a uniquely
low-density, sub-Saturn mass planet
HST C24, GO-14767, P.I D.K. Sing
: 498 orbits, The Panchromatic Comparative Exoplanetary
Treasury Program, Funding for a 2-year postdoctoral position
Spitzer C13, P.I D. Deming
: 554 hours, Transits and Eclipses of the Best of the Best: 23 Hot
Jupiters for Atmospheric Characterization by Spitzer, Hubble, and JWST
HST C23, GO-14260, P.I D. Deming: 111 orbits, A Metallicity and Cloud Survey of Exo- planetary Atmospheres Prior to JWST
HST C24, GO-14642, P.I K. Stevenson: 25 orbits, A Preparatory Program to Identify the Single Best Transiting Exoplanet for JWST Early Release Science
HST C23, GO-14500, P.I J. de Wit: 4 orbits, Two Birds One Stone: Simultaneous Atmospheric Pre-Screening of Two Temperate Earth-Sized Exoplanets During Their Double Transit.
HST C23, GO-14468, P.I T. Evans: 5 orbits, Characterizing an extreme planet on the verge of tidal disruption
HST C23, GO-14110, Co-P.I with D.K. Sing: 10 orbits, Characterizing the atmosphere of the enlarged Neptune-mass planet HAT-P-26b
HST C23, GO-14099, P.I T. Evans: 15 orbits, Measuring the L-T transition for a warm Saturn exoplanet
HST C19, GO-12473, P.I D.K. Sing: 124 orbits, An Optical Transmission Spectral Survey of hot-Jupiter Exoplanetary Atmospheres 

Select Professional Conferences 
Oct 2017: BDExoCon, DE, USA - Invited Talk
July 2017: Enabling Transiting Exoplanet Observations with JWST, MD, USA - Contributed Talk
Jan 2017: AAS 229, TX, USA - Contributed talk
Oct 2016
: AAS DPS 48/EPSC 11, CA, USA - Contributed talk
Aug 2016
: Exoclimes 2016 Conference, BC, Canada - Contributed talk
Dec 2015AAS Extreme Solar Systems III conference, Hawaii, USA. Poster
Nov 2015: AAS DPS 47, National Harbor, MD, USA. Dissertation presentation
Sep 2015
: Comparative Climate of Terrestrial Planets 2, NASA AMES, USA. Contributed talk 
June 2015: From super-Earths to brown dwarfs, IAP, Paris, France - Contributed talk
Mar 2015
: UK Exoplanet Meeting, Warwick, UK. Contributed talk
June 2014: RAS National Astronomy Meeting, Portsmouth, UK. Contributed talks 
Feb 2014: Exoclimes III conference, Davos, Switzerland. Poster
2012-2014
: Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff Student Seminars series, UK. Contributed talk
July 2013
: RAS National Astronomy Meeting, St Andrews, UK. Poster
Apr 2013
: Exeter-Oxford Exoplanet Atmospheres Workshop, Switzerland. Contributed talk 
Mar 2012: RAS National Astronomy Meeting, Manchester, UK. Poster

Selected Invited Talks & Seminars 
Feb 2017: University of Arizona, AZ, USA - Origins seminar series. 
Nov 2016: Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA - CEHW seminar.
Oct 2016: University of California: Santa Cruz, CA, USA - seminar. 
Oct 2016: California Institute of Technology, CA, USA - astrophysics. 
Oct 2016: JPL, CA, USA - Exochem seminar. 
May 2016: Astronomy on Tap DC - public talk. 
Apr 2016: University of Oxford, UK - Planetary seminar. 
Apr 2016: University of Cambridge, UK - Astronomy seminar. 
Apr 2016: University of Surrey, UK - Astrophysics seminar.
Mar 2016
: University of Delaware, DE, USA - seminar
Jan 2016
: University of Maryland Observatory, MD, USA - open house.
Nov 2015
: Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MA, USA - seminar. 
Oct 2015: Carnegie DTM, Washington DC, USA - seminar.
May 2015
: NASA GSFC, MD, USA - Astrophysics seminar.
Jan 2015
: Crewkerne Astronomy Society, UK - public lecture.
July 2014
: Sherbourne Science Cafe, UK - public lecture.  

Professional Activity and Affiliations 
Committee Member: University of Exeter Athena Swan Award
LOC: - UK Exoplanet Meeting, Exeter, 2016
SOC: - ExoMOS instrument Science consortium meeting, Exeter, 2014 
Outreach and Public engagement officer: XRT-C, 2013-2014
Fellow: - Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), 2011–present
Member: - American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2015–present 
Member: - Devision of Planetary Science (DPS), 2015–present
Member: - Institute of Physics Member (IOP), 2007-present
Have been the reviewer and panelist for various journals and proposal comities 

Teaching/Mentoring Experience
2013-2015: Lecturer, Communicating your research course, Researchers Development Program, University of Exeter, UK - Methods of communicating scientific projects to different audiences, through public engagement and the media.
2011-2014: Laboratory Demonstrator, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Exeter, UK - Supervising multiple experiments for 2nd year undergraduate physics students.
2011-2013: Mathematics tutor, Medical Imaging Department, University of Exeter, UK - Tutoring and mentoring mature students with special needs or limited education.
2010-present: British Sub-aqua Club (BSAC) Dive Leader and Theory instructor with Honors - Experienced Scuba Diving Teacher, procedures, safety, and rescue first aid. 


References 
Dr. Nikole K. Lewis:
Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
nlewis [at] stsci [dot] edu

Prof. Drake Deming
University of Maryland, USA
ddeming [at] astro [dot] umd [dot] edu

Prof. David K. Sing
University of Exeter, UK
sing [at] astro [dot] ex [dot] ac [dot] uk