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ESA-AURA Astronomer
 

John Debes is the STIS branch manager and oversees the calibration and scientific support of the STIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. He is currently a member of a Science Investigation Team for NASA's WFIRST Coronagraphic Instrument. Dr. Debes joined the Institute in 2011 as an ESA/AURA Astronomer and worked on the COS/STIS team until 2016.

Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Debes was a NASA postdoctoral fellow at the NASA/Goddard Spaceflight Center from 2008-2011 and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institute of Science from 2005-2008.

Dr. Debes studies the formation and evolution of planetary systems across various aspects of a star's lifetime. The goal of his research is to understand the mechanisms of terrestrial planet formation as well as the possible chemical abundance of a typical rocky planet. This research serves the larger goal to understand the Earth and its place within the Milky Way.

Education:

PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University
BA in Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University

 

Research Topics: Dust; Exoplanets; High Contrast Imaging

 

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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1783-8817

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