Shelley Zaleski (she/her)

Shelley Zaleski (she/her)

Adjunct Research Fellow

Location: New York City, United States of America

Welcome to the stars! My research focuses on the transit photometry of cool, solar-type stars and the solar-stellar connection. The occultation of starspots on a stellar face by a transiting planet affects observed stellar flux. Modelling and mapping of starspots seen in transit light curves tells us much about a star’s magnetic activity and differential rotation, and also provides observational constraints of solar dynamo theory. The Kepler archive at MAST has been excellent source of photometric data. I currently collaborate with Prof Brad Carter, A Prof Stephen Marsden, and Prof Adriana Valio (Sao Paulo, Brazil). I earned my BS in Physics at Barnard College, Columbia University, and my MS in Physics (High Energy) from the University of Pennsylvania. I recently completed my PhD in Astronomy at UniSQ.

  • Continued analysis of the magnetic activity of FGKM solar-type stars.
  • The detection of exomoons in transit light curves.
  • Stellar Magnetic Activity
  • Exoplanets
  • Exomoons

Dr Zaleski’s publications can be viewed here