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Astrophysics Colloquium

The Best of All Possible Worlds
Presented by Patrick Young
School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Virtual Event starts at 11:00 A.M.

Estimating the potential of the solar neighborhood to host planets with life requires a holistic view of planetary habitability. Combining astrophysics with planetary geoscience and biogeochemistry allows a much more complete picture of a planet's potential to host life that can produce biosignature gasses that are distinguishable from abiotic sources. Even stars without identified planets can provide probabilistic estimates of habitability and detectability through measure stellar properties.

JPL Contact: Eric Mamajek (4-2153)

About the Speaker
Patrick Young is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004 working with Dave Arnett. He was then a Director's Postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Lab before moving to ASU as a faculty member in 2007. He is currently Associate Director for Community Engagement and an ADVANCE Leadership Fellow working on issues of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM. His research ranges from theoretical simulations of stellar evolution, supernovae, and nucleosynthesis, to characterizing exoplanet host stars and understanding planetary habitability.

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