Dr Jo Barstow Eberhardt
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 13th Apr 2016
Dr Barstow's research area is planetary atmosphere modelling, with a current focus on extrasolar planets. She uses spectral inversion techniques to infer atmospheric temperature structure and the presence of gases and aerosols from spectra obtained during exoplanet transit and eclipse. Her particular interest is modelling and observation of clouds and hazes on exoplanets. Recent work includes a comparative study of cloudy hot Jupiters, and an investigation into the observability of terrestrial planets around M dwarf stars using the James Webb Space Telescope.
Dr Barstow is a Science Working Group lead for the ARIEL candidate mission (https://ariel-spacemission.eu/) and holds a Royal Astronomical Society research fellowship to investigate the influence of host stars on exoplanet atmospheres.
Dr Barstow currently lectures the second year course on exoplanets and planetary science for the Certificate in Astronomy. This course covers the basic theory of planet formation; the origins of life and habitability; exoplanet detection and observation; and planetary atmospheric science.
- University of Oxford
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2012
- University of Cambridge
- Other higher degree, Master of Natural Science | 2008
BiographyDr Barstow is a researcher in exoplanetary atmospheric science with a broad planetary science background. Her DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford dealt with remote sensing of the sulphuric acid cloud on Venus, during which she was involved in the VIRTIS instrument team for the ESA Venus Express mission. More recently, she has used data from the VIMS instrument on the Cassini spacecraft to constrain the properties of Saturn’s tropospheric cloud and haze. Since arriving at UCL her focus has been comparative studies of exoplanets.