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Jacob Lustig-Yaeger

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exoplanet astronomer; astrobiologist
  • PhD, Astronomy and Astrobiology
    2020, University of Washington
  • Masters, Astronomy
    2016, University of Washington
  • BSc, Physics
    2013, University of California, Santa Cruz

My research revolves around the characterization of terrestrial exoplanet atmospheres and their surfaces. Using atmospheric radiative transfer models and telescope instrument models, I simulate the observable signals of habitable, uninhabitable, and inhabited worlds to both predict and interpret spectroscopic and time-dependent astronomical data. I have a passion for working alongside instrument teams to develop telescope mission concepts that will enable robust habitability assessments and biosignature searches in the future. 

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2019 NASA Group Achievement Award, LUVOIR Mission Concept Study Team

Scholarly Publications

Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution as a Signature of Extraterrestrial Technology

The Astrophysical Journal, 2021
Ravi Kopparapu, Giada Arney, Jacob Haqq-Misra, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Geronimo Villanueva, (2021), Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution as a Signature of Extraterrestrial Technology, The Astrophysical Journal

Transmission Spectroscopy of the Earth–Sun System to Inform the Search for Extrasolar Life

The Planetary Science Journal, 2021
L. C. Mayorga, J. Lustig-Yaeger, E. M. May, Kristin S. Sotzen, Junellie Gonzalez-Quiles, Brian M. Kilpatrick, Emily C. Martin, Kathleen Mandt, K. B. Stevenson, N. R. Izenberg, (2021), Transmission Spectroscopy of the Earth–Sun System to Inform the Search for Extrasolar Life, The Planetary Science Journal

The Impact of Planetary Rotation Rate on the Reflectance and Thermal Emission Spectrum of Terrestrial Exoplanets around Sunlike Stars

The Astrophysical Journal, 2020
Scott D. Guzewich, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Christopher Evan Davis, Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, Michael J. Way, Victoria S. Meadows, (2020), The Impact of Planetary Rotation Rate on the Reflectance and Thermal Emission Spectrum of Terrestrial Exoplanets around Sunlike Stars, The Astrophysical Journal

High-resolution Spectral Discriminants of Ocean Loss for M-dwarf Terrestrial Exoplanets

The Astronomical Journal, 2020
Michaela Leung, Victoria S. Meadows, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, (2020), High-resolution Spectral Discriminants of Ocean Loss for M-dwarf Terrestrial Exoplanets, The Astronomical Journal

Properties of sub-Neptune atmospheres: TOI-270 system

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2020
J Chouqar, Z Benkhaldoun, A Jabiri, J Lustig-Yaeger, A Soubkiou, A Szentgyorgyi, (2020), Properties of sub-Neptune atmospheres: TOI-270 system, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 495, 1, 962--970, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa1198

${\mathtt{s}}{\mathtt{t}}{\mathtt{a}}{\mathtt{r}}{\mathtt{r}}{\mathtt{y}}$: Analytic Occultation Light Curves

The Astronomical Journal, 2019
Rodrigo Luger, Eric Agol, Daniel Foreman-Mackey, David P. Fleming, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Russell Deitrick, (2019), ${\mathtt{s}}{\mathtt{t}}{\mathtt{a}}{\mathtt{r}}{\mathtt{r}}{\mathtt{y}}$: Analytic Occultation Light Curves, The Astronomical Journal

Observing Isotopologue Bands in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres with the James Webb Space Telescope: Implications for Identifying Past Atmospheric and Ocean Loss

The Astronomical Journal, 2019
Andrew P. Lincowski, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Victoria S. Meadows, (2019), Observing Isotopologue Bands in Terrestrial Exoplanet Atmospheres with the James Webb Space Telescope: Implications for Identifying Past Atmospheric and Ocean Loss, The Astronomical Journal

The Detectability and Characterization of the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet Atmospheres with JWST

The Astronomical Journal, 2019
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Victoria S. Meadows, Andrew P. Lincowski, (2019), The Detectability and Characterization of the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet Atmospheres with JWST, The Astronomical Journal

coronagraph: Telescope Noise Modeling for Exoplanets in Python

Journal of Open Source Software, 2019
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Tyler Robinson, Giada Arney, (2019), coronagraph: Telescope Noise Modeling for Exoplanets in Python, Journal of Open Source Software , 4, 40, 1387, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01387

A Mirage of the Cosmic Shoreline: Venus-like Clouds as a Statistical False Positive for Exoplanet Atmospheric Erosion

The Astrophysical Journal, 2019
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Victoria S. Meadows, Andrew P. Lincowski, (2019), A Mirage of the Cosmic Shoreline: Venus-like Clouds as a Statistical False Positive for Exoplanet Atmospheric Erosion, The Astrophysical Journal

Detecting Ocean Glint on Exoplanets Using Multiphase Mapping

The Astronomical Journal, 2018
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Victoria S. Meadows, Guadalupe Tovar Mendoza, Edward W. Schwieterman, Yuka Fujii, Rodrigo Luger, Tyler D. Robinson, (2018), Detecting Ocean Glint on Exoplanets Using Multiphase Mapping, The Astronomical Journal

Evolved Climates and Observational Discriminants for the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System

The Astrophysical Journal, 2018
Andrew P. Lincowski, Victoria S. Meadows, David Crisp, Tyler D. Robinson, Rodrigo Luger, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Giada N. Arney, (2018), Evolved Climates and Observational Discriminants for the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System, The Astrophysical Journal , 867, 1, 76, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aae36a

The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b: Environmental States and Observational Discriminants

Astrobiology, 2018
Victoria S. Meadows, Giada N. Arney, Edward W. Schwieterman, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Andrew P. Lincowski, Tyler Robinson, Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman, Russell Deitrick, Rory K. Barnes, David P. Fleming, Rodrigo Luger, Peter E. Driscoll, Thomas R. Quinn, David Crisp, (2018), The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b: Environmental States and Observational Discriminants, Astrobiology, 18, 2, 133--189, https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2016.1589

Exoplanet Biosignatures: Understanding Oxygen as a Biosignature in the Context of Its Environment

Astrobiology, 2018
, (2018), Exoplanet Biosignatures: Understanding Oxygen as a Biosignature in the Context of Its Environment, Astrobiology

The Pale Green Dot: A Method to Characterize Proxima Centauri b Using Exo-Aurorae

The Astrophysical Journal, 2017
, (2017), The Pale Green Dot: A Method to Characterize Proxima Centauri b Using Exo-Aurorae, The Astrophysical Journal

Planet–Planet Occultations in TRAPPIST-1 and Other Exoplanet Systems

The Astrophysical Journal, 2017
Rodrigo Luger, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Eric Agol, (2017), PlanettextendashPlanet Occultations in TRAPPIST-1 and Other Exoplanet Systems, The Astrophysical Journal, 851, 2, 94, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa9c43

Rotational Spectral Unmixing of Exoplanets: Degeneracies between Surface Colors and Geography

The Astronomical Journal, 2017
Yuka Fujii, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Nicolas B. Cowan, (2017), Rotational Spectral Unmixing of Exoplanets: Degeneracies between Surface Colors and Geography, The Astronomical Journal

CHARACTERIZING TRANSITING EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES WITH JWST

The Astrophysical Journal, 2016
, (2016), CHARACTERIZING TRANSITING EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES WITH JWST, The Astrophysical Journal

GASEOUS MEAN OPACITIES FOR GIANT PLANET AND ULTRACOOL DWARF ATMOSPHERES OVER A RANGE OF METALLICITIES AND TEMPERATURES

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2014
, (2014), GASEOUS MEAN OPACITIES FOR GIANT PLANET AND ULTRACOOL DWARF ATMOSPHERES OVER A RANGE OF METALLICITIES AND TEMPERATURES, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series