PTYS/LPL Faculty

Kuiper 417


Tyler Robinson (he/him/his)

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2012, University of Washington

Years with LPL: Since 2022

Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution

Tyler uses sophisticated radiative transfer and climate tools to study the atmospheres of Solar System worlds, exoplanets, and brown dwarfs. Tyler also develops instrument models for exoplanet direct imaging. He combines these areas of expertise in his work on the Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Science and Technology Definition Team, and in his contributions to the LUVOIRWFIRST/Rendezvous, and Origins Space Telescope mission concept studies. Tyler is a Cottrell Scholar, as well as a former NASA Sagan Fellow and NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow.

Current Grants

NASA Astrobiology Institute / Nexus for Exoplanet System Science - Virtual Planetary Laboratory (PI: V. Meadows, UW)

NASA Exoplanets Research Program - Super-Earths and Sub-Neptunes (PI: T. Robinson)

NASA Exobiology - Directly-Imaged Exoplanet Biosignatures (PI: T. Robinson)

NASA Habitable Worlds - Habitability Signatures for Directly-Imaged Exoplanets (PI: T. Robinson)

Current Spacecraft Involvement

Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) Concept - Science and Technology Definition Team

Large UltraViolet-Optical-InfraRed Surveyor (LUVOIR) Concept - Exoplanet Science Team

Former Spacecraft Involvement

Exo-C Concept - Exoplanet Science Team

Current Graduate Students

  • James Windsor (NAU)
  • Amber Young (NAU)
  • Schuyler Borges (NAU)

Current Postdocs


Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Tyler D. Robinson and Google Scholar: Tyler Robinson

Lincowski, Andrew P., Meadows, Victoria S., Crisp, David, Robinson, Tyler D., Luger, Rodrigo, Lustig-Yaeger, Jacob, & Arney, Giada N. 2022, The Astrophysical Journal. Erratum: "Evolved Climates and Observational Discriminants for the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System" (2018, ApJ, 867, 76)

Ryan, Dominick J. & Robinson, Tyler D. 2022, The Planetary Science Journal. Detecting Oceans on Exoplanets with Phase-dependent Spectral Principal Component Analysis

Tang, Shih-Yun, Robinson, Tyler D., Marley, Mark S., Batalha, Natasha E., Lupu, Roxana, & Prato, L. 2021, The Astrophysical Journal. Impact of Water-latent Heat on the Thermal Structure of Ultra-cool Objects: Brown Dwarfs and Free-floating Planets

Mayorga, L. C., Robinson, Tyler D., Marley, Mark S., May, E. M., & Stevenson, Kevin B. 2021, The Astrophysical Journal. Variable Irradiation on 1D Cloudless Eccentric Exoplanet Atmospheres

Tribbett, Patrick D., Robinson, Tyler D., & Koskinen, Tommi T. 2021, The Planetary Science Journal. Titan in Transit: Ultraviolet Stellar Occultation Observations Reveal a Complex Atmospheric Structure

Gialluca, Megan T., Robinson, Tyler D., Rugheimer, Sarah, & Wunderlich, Fabian 2021, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Characterizing Atmospheres of Transiting Earth-like Exoplanets Orbiting M Dwarfs with James Webb Space Telescope

Morgan, Rhonda, Savransky, Dmitry, Turmon, Michael, Mennesson, Bertrand, Dula, Walker, Keithly, Dean, Mamajek, Eric E., Newman, Patrick, Plavchan, Peter, Robinson, Tyler D., Roudier, Gael, & Stark, Chris 2021, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. Faster Exo-Earth yield for HabEx and LUVOIR via extreme precision radial velocity prior knowledge

Romero-Wolf, Andrew, Bryden, Geoffrey, Seager, Sara, Kasdin, N. Jeremy, Booth, Jeff, Greenhouse, Matt, Lisman, Doug, Macintosh, Bruce, Shaklan, Stuart, Vess, Melissa, Warwick, Steve, Webb, David, Ziemer, John, Gray, Andrew, Hughes, Michael, Agnes, Greg, Arenberg, Jonathan W., Bradford, S. Case, Fong, Michael, Gregory, Jennifer, Matousek, Steve, Rhodes, Jason, Willems, Phil, D'Amico, Simone, Debes, John, Domagal-Goldman, Shawn, Hildebrandt, Sergi, Hu, Renyu, Kiessling, Alina, Lewis, Nikole, Rizzo, Maxime, Roberge, Aki, Robinson, Tyler, Rogers, Leslie, Savransky, Dmitry, & Stark, Chris 2021, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. Starshade rendezvous: exoplanet sensitivity and observing strategy

Checlair, Jade H., Villanueva, Geronimo L., Hayworth, Benjamin P. C., Olson, Stephanie L., Komacek, Thaddeus D., Robinson, Tyler D., Popović, Predrag, Yang, Huanzhou, & Abbot, Dorian S. 2021, The Astronomical Journal. Probing the Capability of Future Direct-imaging Missions to Spectrally Constrain the Frequency of Earth-like Planets

Doughty, Christopher E., Abraham, Andrew J., Windsor, James, Mommert, Michael, Gowanlock, Michael, Robinson, Tyler, & Trilling, David E. 2020, International Journal of Astrobiology. Distinguishing multicellular life on exoplanets by testing Earth as an exoplanet

Behr, Patrick R., Tribbett, Patrick D., Robinson, Tyler D., & Loeffler, Mark J. 2020, The Astrophysical Journal. Compaction of Porous H<SUB>2</SUB>O Ice via Energetic Electrons

Smith, Adam J. R. W., Feng, Y. Katherina, Fortney, Jonathan J., Robinson, Tyler D., Marley, Mark S., Lupu, Roxana E., & Lewis, Nikole K. 2020, The Astronomical Journal. Detecting and Characterizing Water Vapor in the Atmospheres of Earth Analogs through Observation of the 0.94 μm Feature in Reflected Light

Tolento, Juan P. & Robinson, Tyler D. 2019, Icarus. A simple model for radiative and convective fluxes in planetary atmospheres

Lustig-Yaeger, Jacob, Robinson, Tyler, & Arney, Giada 2019, The Journal of Open Source Software. coronagraph: Telescope Noise Modeling for Exoplanets in Python

Chandler, Colin Orion, Kueny, Jay, Gustafsson, Annika, Trujillo, Chadwick A., Robinson, Tyler D., & Trilling, David E. 2019, The Astrophysical Journal. Six Years of Sustained Activity in (6478) Gault

Glenar, David A., Stubbs, Timothy J., Schwieterman, Edward W., Robinson, Tyler D., & Livengood, Timothy A. 2019, Icarus. Earthshine as an illumination source at the Moon

Co-Creator of Engage science outreach curriculum

Science Communication Fellow, Pacific Science Center (2009–2013)

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Semester Course Day/Time Location Resources
Spring 2023 PTYS/ASTR/GEOS 214-001 TTH 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 308 D2L

Last updated on September 9, 2022