Daniel Apai


Assistant Professor
Department of Astronomy and
Department of Planetary Sciences

Steward Observatory
933 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: apai@as.arizona.edu

Phone: +1-520-621-6534

My research focuses on observational characterization of extrasolar planetary systems, with particular emphasis on habitability. My group is using the largest ground-based (MMT, VLT, LBT) and space-based (HST, Spitzer) telescopes to explore the atmospheric properties of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. We are pursuing the technique rotational phase mapping new to exoplanets, to characterize the optical surfaces and cloud properties in ultracool atmospheres. My group is also working on studies of forming planetary systems, aiming to identify the processes that influence the habitability of the emerging planetary systems.  

ASTR 475/575 Planetary Astrobiology
ASTR 202-002 Life in the Universe

Major Ongoing Projects:
Extrasolar Storms - A Cycle-9 Spitzer Exploration Science Program
MEPHISTO: A high contrast imaging survey for giant planets
ACCESS - Arizona-Cfa-Catolica Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey
HST Studies of Brown Dwarfs, Exoplanets, and Beta Pictoris disk
Conference Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments 2014 

If you are interested in learning about exoplanet and astrobiology research, check out my blog Distant Earths.