Sarah Elizabeth Moran
Sarah E. Moran is a PhD student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and did her undergrad in Astrophysics and Science & Public Policy at Barnard College of Columbia University. Sarah focuses on understanding the role of haze formation and evolution in the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, and what the resulting effects of these hazes are on the radiation budget, atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, and ultimately habitability of these distant worlds. She is particularly interested in super-Earths and mini-Neptunes, which have no known analog in the solar system. Sarah uses a combination of atmospheric modeling and experimental simulations to study haze formation and its effect on an atmosphere. She works closely with observers to help interpret laboratory results in the context of atmospheric models and observations in order to untangle the complex physics and chemistry at work in exoplanets. Currently, Sarah is also serving as a Lloyd V. Berkner Intern at the Space Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences.