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Sarah E. Moran (she, her, hers)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. Planetary Sciences, 2021, Johns Hopkins University

Astrobiology, Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Titan & Outer Solar System

Planetary atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, clouds and hazes

Advisor(s): Mark S. Marley

Dr. Sarah E. Moran joined LPL as the Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2022. She studies planets around other stars, known as exoplanets, and worlds of the outer Solar System. Through laboratory experiments and computer models, she investigates clouds and hazes in planetary atmospheres to figure out how they affect the overall atmosphere, how they alter remote sensing and telescope observations, and how they impact habitability. Sarah also works with observational astronomers, especially through the STARGATE collaboration, to help them interpret her theoretical and experimental cloud and haze results in the context of transiting exoplanet observations. She is also passionate about science communication and science policy. 

[11] Triton Haze Analogues: the Role of Carbon Monoxide in Haze Formation,  Moran, S.E., Hörst, S. M., He, C., Radke, M.J., Izenberg, N.R., Sebree, J. A., Vuitton, V., Flandinet, L., Orthous-Daunay, F.-R., Wolters, C.  Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, accepted

[10] Neptune Odyssey: A Flagship Concept for the Exploration of the Neptune-Triton System, Rymer, A.M., Runyon, K.D., Clyde, B. and 69 coauthors including Moran, S.E. Planetary Science Journal, 2 (5) (Special Issue, Planetary Decadal Mission Concept Studies), DOI: 10.3847/PSJ/abf654. 2021. 

[9] Haze Evolution in Temperate Exoplanet Atmospheres through Surface Energy Measurements, Yu, X., Zhang, X., Hörst, S.M., He, C., Dymont, A. H., McGuiggan, P., Lewis, N.K., Moses,   J.I., Fortney, J.J., Gao, P., Kempton, E.M.-R., Moran, S.E., Morley, C.V., Powell, D., Valenti, J.A., Vuitton, V. Nature Astronomy 5, 822-831. DOI: 10.1038/s41550-021-01375-3. 2021. 

[8] L 98-59: a Benchmark System of Small Planets for Future Atmospheric Characterization, Pidhorodetska, D., Moran, S.E., Schwieterman, E.W., Fauchez, T.J., Barclay, T.F., Quintana, E.V., Domagal-Goldman, S.D., Lewis, N.K., Villanueva, G.L., Schlieder, J.E., Gilbert, E.A., Kostov, V.B. Astrophysical Journal, 162 (4), [169]. DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/ac1171. 2021. 

[7] Aerosols in Exoplanet Atmospheres, Gao, P., Wakeford, H.R., Moran, S.E., Parmentier, V. Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 126 (Invited Review for Special Issue, "Exoplanets: the Nexus of Astronomy and Geoscience"), DOI: 10.1029/2020JE006655. 2021. 

[6] H2SO4 and Organosulfur Compounds in Laboratory Analogue Aerosols of Warm High Metallicity Exoplanet Atmospheres, Vuitton, V., Moran, S.E., He, C., Wolters, C., Flandinet, L., Orthous-Daunay, F.-R., Moses, J. I., Valenti, J.A., Lewis, N.K., Hörst, S.M. Planetary Science Journal, 2 (2). DOI: 10.3847/PSJ/abc558. 2021. 

[5] Chemistry of Temperate Super-Earth and Mini-Neptune Atmospheric Hazes from Laboratory Experiments, Moran, S.E., Hörst, S.M., Vuitton, V., He, C., Lewis, N.K., Flandinet, L., Moses, J.I., North, N., Orthous-Daunay, F.-R., Sebree, J., Wolters, C., M-R. Kempton, E., Marley, M.S., Morley, C.V., Valenti, J.A. Planetary Science Journal, 1 (17). DOI: 10.3847/PSJ/ab8eae. 2020.

[4] Sulfur-driven Haze Formation in Warm CO2-rich Exoplanet Atmospheres, He, C., Hörst, S.M., Lewis, N.K., Yu, X., Moses, J.I., McGuiggan, P., Marley, M.S., Kempton, E. M.-R., Moran, S.E., Morley, C.V., Vuitton, V. Nature Astronomy 4, 986–993. DOI: 10.1038/s41550-020-1072-9. 2020.

[3] Disentangling the planet from the star in late type M dwarfs: A case study of TRAPPIST-1g, Wakeford, H.R., Lewis, N.K., Fowler, J., Bruno, G., Wilson, T.J., Moran, S.E., Valenti, J., Batalha, N.E., Filippazzo, J., Bourrier, V., Hörst, S.M., Lederer, S.M., de Wit, J. Astronomical Journal, 157 (1), [11]. DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aaf04d. 2019.

[2] Limits on Clouds and Hazes for the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, Moran, S.E., Hörst, S.M., Batalha, N.E., Lewis, N.K., Wakeford, H.R. Astronomical Journal, 156 (6), [252]. DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aae83a (Research Highlight in Nature Astronomy; Research Highlight in AAS Nova). 2018.

[1] The Composite Spectrum of Boss Quasars Selected for Studies of the Lyα Forest. Harris, D. W., et. al. (including Moran, S.E.), Astronomical Journal, 151 (6), [155]. DOI: 10.3847/0004-6256/151/6/155. 2016.

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