Eric Gaidos
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Professor of Geobiology
Department of Geology & Geophysics
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Brief biography: Eric earned a B.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech, an M.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics form MIT, and returned to Caltech as a Postdoctoral Associate at JPL and the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences before joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2001. He is currently a Professor of Geobiology in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Eric is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the fields of astrophysics and planetary science, Earth history, environmental microbiology, and astrobiology. He has held visiting appointments at the UC Berkeley, Lund University, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, University of Heidelberg, Geneva Observatory, University of Bern, and the International Space Science Institute, and he is currently a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Vienna.
Mann, A. W., Gaidos, E., Vanderburg, A., Rizzuto, A. C., Ansdell, M., Medina, J., Mace, G. N., Kraus, A. L. (2016) Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time (ZEIT) IV. Seven Transiting Planets in the Praesepe Cluster., The Astronomical Journal, in press.

Grunblatt, S. K., Huber, D., Gaidos, E., Lopez, E., Fulton, B., Fortney, J., Howard, A., Sinukoff, E., Mann, A., Isaacson, H. (2016) EPIC 211351816.01: A (Re-?) Inflated Planet Orbiting a Red Giant Star, The Astrophysical Journal, in press.

Gaidos, E., Mann, A. W., Rizzuto, A. C., Nofi, L., Mace, G., Vanderburg, A., Feiden, G., Esposito, T. M., De Rosa, R. J., Graham, J. R., Ansdell, M., Kraus, A., Jaffe, D. (2016) Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time (ZEIT) II: A Close-In "Super-Earth" around an Enigmatic Young K Dwarf in the Pleiades Field, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access.

Ansdell, M., Gaidos, E., Williams, J. P., Kennedy, G., Wyatt, M. C., LaCourse, D. M., Jacobs, T. L., Mann, A. W. (2016) Dipper disks not inclined toward edge-on orbits, Letters of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 146, L101.

Mann, A. W., Newton, E. R., Rizzuto, A. C., Irwin, J., Feiden, G. A., Gaidos, E., Mace, G. N., Kraus, A. L., James, D. J., Ansdell, M., Charbonneau, D., Covey, K. R., Ireland, M. R., Jaffe, D. T., Johnson, M. C., Kidder, B., Vanderburg, A. (2016) Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time (ZEIT) III: A short-period planet orbiting a pre-main-sequence star in the Upper Scorpius OB Association, The Astronomical Journal, 152, 61.

Kite, E., Fegley, B., Schaefer, L., Gaidos, E. (2016) Atmosphere-interior exchange on hot, rocky exoplanets, The Astrophysical Journal, 828, 80.
Mann, A. W., Gaidos, E., Mac, G., Johnson, M., Bowler, B., LaCourse, D., Jacobs, T., Vanderburg, A., Kraus, A., Kaplan, K., Jaffe, D. (2015) Zodiacal Exoplanets In Time (ZEIT)-I: A Neptune-sized planet orbiting an M4.5 dwarf in Hyades, The Astrophysical Journal, 818, 46.

Hirano, T., Fukui, A., Mann, A. W., Sanchis-Ojeda, R., Gaidos, E., Narita, N., Dai, F., Van Eylen, V., Lee, C.-H., Onozato, H., Ryu, T., Kusakabe, N., Ito, A., Kuzuhara, M., Onitsuka, M., Tatsuuma, M., Nowak, G., Palle, E., Ribas, I., Tamura, M., Yu, L. (2015) ESPRINT III: A close-in super-Earth around a metal-rich mid-M dwarf, The Astrophysical Journal, 820, 41.
Eric is interested in planets around other stars (exoplanets) as astrophysical objects, planetary bodies, and potential habitats for life. Exoplanetary systems provide the context in which we can better understand our Solar System and the occurrence of planets like Earth. Eric studies the properties of host stars, especially M dwarfs, in order to better determine the properties of their planets. He analyzes populations of planets to ascertain their statistics, and studies (proto)planetary systems of different ages in order to understand their formation and evolution.
Undergraduate (non-major): Voyage of the Vicariance: A Geography of Time

Graduate: Science Communication (Writing and Documentary Filmmaking)

Graduate: Origin of Solar Systems

Hawai'i's Mystery Pollinators (4 min) A video news release describing several University of Hawai'i investigators' search for the unknown pollinators of some of Hawai'i endangered native flora.

Dissolution, and Da Solution (3.5 min) Produced by students in the Global Environmental Sciences 310 class to highlight the threat of ocean acidification to Hawaii's coral reefs as a result of rising atmospheric CO2. Featuring an interview with Dr. Fred Mackinzie of the Department of Oceanography.
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Hawai'i: A Long Story Short (20 min) The ancient drama of the Hawaiian islands and their unique plants and animals is revealed in this twenty-minute documentary for the visiting public. Narrated by Kayla Rosenfeld (Hawai'i Public Radio) and with original music by Michael Tanenbaum, the film tells the story of the birth and destruction of these islands over millions of years, and how life, including people, found a new home in one of the most isolated places on Earth.
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Snowlines, Red Dwarfs, and Little Green Beings: A Cosmic Tale of Origins  Heidelberg Institutes Joint Astrophysics Colloquium, December, 2014

What are Little Worlds Made of? The Compositions of Earth- to Neptune-size Planets, KITP Conference on Physics of Exoplanets, February 2015

Looking at the Bigger Picture: Synergistic Observations to Better Understand Planets around Other Stars  Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop, Pasadena, California, July 2015

It's About Time: Planet Evolution from the Pre-Main Sequence to the Red Giant Branch  Harvard Center for Astrophysics Colloquium, October, 2016

Detection of Starshades by Transit Photometry (at 35:30)  Harvard Institute for Theory and Computation Luncheon, October, 2016