KARL R STAPELFELDT

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KARL R STAPELFELDT

  • Chief , Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory
  • 301.286.3328
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 667
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Research Interests

    Protoplanetary and Debris disks

    Optical, infrared, and millimeter wave observations
    Scattered light and spectral energy distribution modeling
     

    Imaging of Extrasolar Planets

    Near-infrared adaptive optics surveys of nearby stars
    Coronagraph instrument development and data analysis techniques
    Studies of future probe-scale and flagship-scale space missions
     

    Star Formation

    Surveys of nearby molecular clouds
    Structure and evolution of Herbig-Haro flows

    Current Projects

    HST Cycle 19 GO program 12514 "Imaging of Newly-identified Edge-on Protoplanetary Disks in Nearby Star-Forming Regions"

    Principal Investigator

    Herschel DUNES Open Time Key Project

    PACS survey of nearby stars for far-infrared excess emission.  U.S. PI

    Spitzer Cycle 8 GO: "Characterization of New Herbig-Haro Flows in the Taurus Star Formation Region"

    Principal Investigator

    Herschel Open Time: "PACS Photometry of Nearby Warm Debris Disk Systems from the WISE All-Sky Survey"

    co-Investigator with Dr. Deborah Padgett (GSFC)

    Herschel Open Time: "Debris Disks around Planet-Bearing Stars"

    co-Investigator with Dr. Geoff Bryden (JPL)

    HST Cycle 18 GO program 12291 "STIS coronagraphy of Spitzer-selected debris disks:

    co-Investigator with Mr. John Krist (JPL)

    NASA ADAP :"Diversity in Debris Disks: Snapshots of Planetary System Evolution"

    co-Investigator with Kate Su (U of Arizona)

    PMDAP: "The Faint Tail of the Asteroid Size Distribution"

    co-Investigator with Dr. Dean Hines (STScI)

    HST GO Cycle 16+: "Particle separation in and expansion of the dust arcs of the young star V1331 Cyg"

    co-I with Dr. Bringfried Stecklum (Tautenburg)

    HST Cycle 16 GO: "Probing the Atomic and Molecular Inventory of a Beta-Pic Analog, the Young, Edge-On Debris Disk of HD32297"

    co-I with Dr. Seth Redfield (Wesleyan U.)

    Positions/Employment

    8 / 2011 - Present

    Chief, Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics

    NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD
    3 / 2010 - 4 / 2010

    Visiting Scientist, Exoplanet Study Program

    Kavli Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
    10 / 2005 - 8 / 2011

    Principal Scientist

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
    6 / 2005 - 1 / 2007

    Deputy Project Scientist, Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph pre-project

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    10 / 2004 - 5 / 2005

    Acting Project Scientist, Terrestrial Planet Finder Corongraph pre-project

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    10 / 2000 - 9 / 2005

    Research Scientist

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
    11 / 2002 - 10 / 2004

    Coronagraph Study Scientist, Terrestrial Planet Finder pre-project

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    6 / 2002 - 7 / 2002

    Visiting Scientist

    Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Universite de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
    2 / 1999 - 7 / 2011

    Spitzer Space Telescope Project Science Office

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    6 / 1999 - 7 / 2011

    Associate Member, Spitzer/MIPS Instrument Science Team

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    3 / 1994 - 9 / 2000

    Staff Scientist

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    3 / 1994 - 9 / 1999

    Associate Member, HST/WFPC2 Instrument Science Team

    NASA/JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA
    3 / 1993 - 2 / 1994

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
    10 / 1990 - 2 / 1993

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Astronomy Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA
    10 / 1988 - 9 / 1990

    NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow

    JPL/Caltech, Pasadena CA

    Teaching Experience

    Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy, University of Southern California, Spring 1999
    Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy, University of California Los Angeles, Winter 1995-6
     

    Education

    Ph.D. Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology 1991

    B.S.E. Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Physics, Princeton University 1984

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society and its Division for Planetary Sciences , 1994 - Present
    member
    International Astronomical Union, 2000 - Present
    American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1985 - Present

    Professional Service

         Scientific Organizing Committee, Signposts of Planets Conference (April 2011)
         Scientific Organizing Committee, Subaru Conference on Exoplanets and Disks (March 2009)
         Scientific Organizing Committee, Spitzer Science conference (Nov 2008)
         Scientific Organizing Committee, "Spirit of Lyot" conference (June 2007)
         Scientific Organizing Committee, Cool Stars XIV conference (Nov 2006)
         Local Organizing Committee, Protostars and Planets V meeting (Oct 2005)
         Hubble Space Telescope Users' Committee (2001-2003)
         Special Session Organizer "The Promise and Pitfalls of High Contrast
             Imaging", American Astronomical Sociey 198th meeting (June 2001)
         Science Advisory Committee, Protostars and Planets IV meeting (July 1998)
     

    Awards

    2009 Newcomb-Cleveland Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science

    2004 NASA Group Achievement Award, Spitzer Space Telescope Payload Team

    1994 NASA Group Achievement Award, WideField/Planetary Camera II Science Team

    1994 NASA Group Achievement Award, WideField/Planetary Camera II Calibration Team

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Evans, N. J., M. M. Dunham, J. K. Jørgensen, et al. M. L. Enoch, B. Merín, E. F. van Dishoeck, J. M. Alcalá, P. C. Myers, K. R. Stapelfeldt, T. L. Huard, L. E. Allen, P. M. Harvey, T. van Kempen, G. A. Blake, D. W. Koerner, L. G. Mundy, D. L. Padgett, and A. I. Sargent. 2009. "The Spitzer c2d Legacy Results: Star-Formation Rates and Efficiencies; Evolution and Lifetimes." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement 181 321 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0067-0049/181/2/321]

    Refereed

    Evans, N. J., M. M. Dunham, J. K. Jørgensen, et al. M. L. Enoch, B. Merín, E. F. van Dishoeck, J. M. Alcalá, P. C. Myers, K. R. Stapelfeldt, T. L. Huard, L. E. Allen, P. M. Harvey, T. van Kempen, G. A. Blake, D. W. Koerner, L. G. Mundy, D. L. Padgett, and A. I. Sargent. 2009. "The Spitzer c2d Legacy Results: Star-Formation Rates and Efficiencies; Evolution and Lifetimes." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement 181 321 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0067-0049/181/2/321]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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