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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

Parker Solar Probe Imaging of the Night Side of Venus

Geophysical Research Letters, 2022
Brian E. Wood, Phillip Hess, Jacob Lustig‐Yaeger, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Korwan, Nathan Rich, Guillermo Stenborg, Arnaud Thernisien, Syed N. Qadri, Freddie Santiago, Javier Peralta, Giada N. Arney, Noam R. Izenberg, Angelos Vourlidas, Mark G. Linton, Russell A. Howard, Nour E. Raouafi, (2022), Parker Solar Probe Imaging of the Night Side of Venus, Geophysical Research Letters , 49, 3, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021gl096302

Hierarchical Bayesian Atmospheric Retrieval Modeling for Population Studies of Exoplanet Atmospheres: A Case Study on the Habitable Zone

The Astronomical Journal, 2022
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Kristin S. Sotzen, Kevin B. Stevenson, Rodrigo Luger, Erin M. May, L. C. Mayorga, Kathleen Mandt, Noam R. Izenberg, (2022), Hierarchical Bayesian Atmospheric Retrieval Modeling for Population Studies of Exoplanet Atmospheres: A Case Study on the Habitable Zone, The Astronomical Journal

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 EarthtextendashSun System to Inform the Search for Extrasolar Life, The Planetary Science Journal , 2, 4, 140, https://doi.org/10.3847/psj/ac0c85

Retrieving Exoplanet Atmospheres Using Planetary Infrared Excess: Prospects for the Night Side of WASP-43 b and Other Hot Jupiters

The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2021
Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Kevin B. Stevenson, L. C. Mayorga, Kristin Showalter Sotzen, Erin M. May, Noam R. Izenberg, Kathleen Mandt, (2021), Retrieving Exoplanet Atmospheres Using Planetary Infrared Excess: Prospects for the Night Side of WASP-43 b and Other Hot Jupiters, The Astrophysical Journal Letters

Constraining the Climates of Rocky Exoplanets

Elements, 2021
Thaddeus D. Komacek, Wanying Kang, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Stephanie L. Olson, (2021), Constraining the Climates of Rocky Exoplanets, Elements, 17, 4, 251--256, https://doi.org/10.2138/gselements.17.4.251

Final Report for SAG 22: A Target Star Archive for Exoplanet Science

arXiv e-prints, 2021
Natalie R. Hinkel, Joshua Pepper, Christopher C. Stark, Jennifer A. Burt, David R. Ciardi, Kevin K. Hardegree-Ullman, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Ravi Kopparapu, Lokesh Mishra, Karan Molaverdikhani, Ilaria Pascucci, Tyler Richey-Yowell, E. J. Safron, David J. Wilson, Galen Bergsten, Tabetha S. Boyajian, J. A. Caballero, K. Cunha, Alyssa Columbus, Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman, Chuanfei Dong, R. M. Elowitz, Devanshu Jha, Archit Kalra, David W. Latham, Jacob Luhn, Carl Melis, Navya Nagananda, Eliad Peretz, Sabine Reffert, Kimberly Scarangella Smith, Keivan G. Stassun, Angelle Tanner, Noah Tuchow, Dimitri Veras, Jennifer G. Winters, (2021), Final Report for SAG 22: A Target Star Archive for Exoplanet Science, arXiv e-prints

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 , 158, 1, 26, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab2385

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 , 158, 1, 27, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab21e0

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 Letters, 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 , 887, 1, L11, https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/ab5965

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
Victoria S. Meadows, Christopher T. Reinhard, Giada N. Arney, Mary N. Parenteau, Edward W. Schwieterman, Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman, Andrew P. Lincowski, Karl R. Stapelfeldt, Heike Rauer, Shiladitya DasSarma, Siddharth Hegde, Norio Narita, Russell Deitrick, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Timothy W. Lyons, Nicholas Siegler, J. Lee Grenfell, (2018), Exoplanet Biosignatures: Understanding Oxygen as a Biosignature in the Context of Its Environment, Astrobiology, 18, 6, 630--662, https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2017.1727

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

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

The Astrophysical Journal, 2017
Rodrigo Luger, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, David P. Fleming, Matt A. Tilley, Eric Agol, Victoria S. Meadows, Russell Deitrick, Rory Barnes, (2017), The Pale Green Dot: A Method to Characterize Proxima Centauri b Using Exo-Aurorae, The Astrophysical Journal, 837, 1, 63, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa6040

CHARACTERIZING TRANSITING EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES WITHJWST

The Astrophysical Journal, 2016
Thomas P. Greene, Michael R. Line, Cezar Montero, Jonathan J. Fortney, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Kyle Luther, (2016), CHARACTERIZING TRANSITING EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES WITHJWST, The Astrophysical Journal, 817, 1, 17, https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637x/817/1/17

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

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2014
Richard S. Freedman, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Jonathan J. Fortney, Roxana E. Lupu, Mark S. Marley, Katharina Lodders, (2014), GASEOUS MEAN OPACITIES FOR GIANT PLANET AND ULTRACOOL DWARF ATMOSPHERES OVER A RANGE OF METALLICITIES AND TEMPERATURES, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 214, 2, 25, https://doi.org/10.1088/0067-0049/214/2/25