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Don't touch my hair When it's the feelings I wear Don't touch my soul When it's the rhythm I know Don't touch my crown They say the vision I've found Don't touch what's there When it's the feelings I wear. ~ Solange
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About Me

I am a fourth year astronomy PhD candidate at The Ohio State University working with Professor Ji Wang on high resolution spectroscopy of brown dwarfs and directly imaged exoplanets with KPIC. I also work on detectability of biosignatures on gas dwarfs with JWST and Twinkle. Alongside this, I work with Dr. Jackie Faherty on retrievals of planetary-mass brown dwarfs to understand their formation pathways. I am a former fellow in the LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program. I received my M.A. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 and my B.S. in Physics with a minor in mathematics from The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in 2015.

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Research

I am interested in brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere characterization. My main research goals are to explore planetary formation through atmospheric retrievals of brown dwarfs and directly imaged exoplanets. Along with this, I am interested in detecting biosignatures and the habitability of temperate exoplanets.

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Teaching & Outreach

Educational equity and the mentoring and retainment of Black and other traditionally marginalized groups in astronomy are things that I am passionate about. Check out this content to learn about my education efforts and my work with Black In Astro!

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Contact Informaton

phillips.1622[at]buckeyemail.osu.edu
office: McPherson Laboratory 4029