Ben Montet

Lecturer
Scientia Fellow (Level B)

I am interested in problems related to detecting and characterising planets around nearby stars as well as understanding the evolution of stellar magnetic activity, such as starspots and flares, on these stars. I use data from space-based facilities like NASA's Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) missions, as well as ground-based facilities in Australia and abroad. To answer these questions, I am interested in applying machine learning techniques and other statistical methods to the large data sets that are available and those that will become available in the coming years.

I joined the UNSW School of Physics in October, 2019, where I lead the NEarby Worlds and Their Stars (NEWTS) research group. I am looking to work with students at all career stages, and am happy to discuss current projects and future plans with students interested in pursuing research in exoplanets or stellar astrophysics. If you are interested in joining our group as an undergraduate researcher, Honours student, or PhD student please send an email describing your research experience and attaching your CV and transcript.

You can read more about my research and interests on my website.

Education

PhD, Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (2016) 

BS, Physics and Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)

Conference Papers
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Seifahrt A; Bean JL; Stürmer J; Kasper D; Gers L; Schwab C; Zechmeister M; Stefansson G; Montet B; Dos Santos L; Peck A; White J; Tapia E, 2020, 'On-sky commissioning of MAROON-X: a new precision radial velocity spectrograph for Gemini North', in Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, SPIE, presented at Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 14 December 2020 - 18 December 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2561564
2020
Journal articles
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Waalkes WC; Berta-Thompson ZK; Collins KA; Feinstein AD; Tofflemire BM; Rojas-Ayala B; Silverstein ML; Newton E; Ricker GR; Vanderspek R; Latham DW; Seager S; Winn JN; Jenkins JM; Christiansen J; Goeke RF; Levine AM; Osborn HP; Rinehart SA; Rose ME; Ting EB; Twicken JD; Barkaoui K; Bean JL; Briceno C; Ciardi DR; Collins K; Conti D; Gan T; Gillon M; Isopi G; Jehin E; Jensen ELN; Kielkopf JF; Law N; Mallia F; Mann AW; Montet BT; Pozuelos FJ; Relles H; Libby-Roberts JE; Ziegler C, 2021, 'TOI 122b and TOI 237b: Two Small Warm Planets Orbiting Inactive M Dwarfs Found by TESS', ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, vol. 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/abc3b9
2021
Gan T; Wang SX; Teske JK; Mao S; Howard WS; Law NM; Batalha NE; Vanderburg A; Dragomir D; Huang CX; Feng F; Butler RP; Crane JD; Shectman SA; Beletsky Y; Shporer A; Montet BT; Burt JA; Feinstein AD; Flowers E; Nandakumar S; Barbieri M; Corbett H; Ratzloff JK; Galliher N; Chavez RG; Vasquez A; Glazier A; Haislip J, 2021, 'Revisiting the HD 21749 planetary system with stellar activity modelling', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 501, pp. 6042 - 6061, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa3886
2021
Sha L; Huang CX; Shporer A; Rodriguez JE; Vanderburg A; Brahm R; Hagelberg J; Matthews EC; Ziegler C; Livingston JH; Stassun KG; Wright DJ; Crane JD; Espinoza N; Bouchy F; Bakos G; Collins KA; Zhou G; Bieryla A; Hartman JD; Wittenmyer RA; Nielsen LD; Plavchan P; Bayliss D; Sarkis P; Tan TG; Cloutier R; Mancini L; Jordán A; Wang S; Henning T; Narita N; Penev K; Teske JK; Kane SR; Mann AW; Addison BC; Tamura M; Horner J; Barbieri M; Burt JA; Díaz MR; Crossfield IJM; Dragomir D; Drass H; Feinstein AD; Zhang H; Hart R; Kielkopf JF; Jensen ELN; Montet BT; Ottoni G; Schwarz RP; Rojas F; Nespral D; Torres P; Mengel MW; Udry S; Zapata A; Snoddy E; Okumura J; Ricker GR; Vanderspek RK; Latham DW; Winn JN; Seager S; Jenkins JM; Colón KD; Henze CE; Krishnamurthy A; Ting EB; Vezie M; Villanueva S, 2021, 'TOI-954 b and K2-329 b: Short-period saturn-mass planets that test whether irradiation leads to inflation', Astronomical Journal, vol. 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/abd187
2021
Trifonov T; Caballero JA; Morales JC; Seifahrt A; Ribas I; Reiners A; Bean JL; Luque R; Parviainen H; Pallé E; Stock S; Zechmeister M; Amado PJ; Anglada-Escudé G; Azzaro M; Barclay T; Béjar VJS; Bluhm P; Casasayas-Barris N; Cifuentes C; Collins KA; Collins KI; Cortés-Contreras M; De Leon J; Dreizler S; Dressing CD; Esparza-Borges E; Espinoza N; Fausnaugh M; Fukui A; Hatzes AP; Hellier C; Henning T; Henze CE; Herrero E; Jeffers SV; Jenkins JM; Jensen ELN; Kaminski A; Kasper D; Kossakowski D; Kürster M; Lafarga M; Latham DW; Mann AW; Molaverdikhani K; Montes D; Montet BT; Murgas F; Narita N; Oshagh M; Passegger VM; Pollacco D; Quinn SN; Quirrenbach A; Ricker GR; López CR; Sanz-Forcada J; Schwarz RP; Schweitzer A; Seager S; Shporer A; Stangret M; Stürmer J; Tan TG; Tenenbaum P; Twicken JD; Vanderspek R; Winn JN, 2021, 'A nearby transiting rocky exoplanet that is suitable for atmospheric investigation', Science, vol. 371, pp. 1038 - 1041, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.abd7645
2021
Powell BP; Kostov VB; Rappaport SA; Borkovits T; Zasche P; Tokovinin A; Kruse E; Latham DW; Montet BT; Jensen ELN; Jayaraman R; Collins KA; Mašek M; Hellier C; Evans P; Tan TG; Schlieder JE; Torres G; Smale AP; Friedman AH; Barclay T; Gagliano R; Quintana EV; Jacobs TL; Gilbert EA; Kristiansen MH; Colón KD; LaCourse DM; Olmschenk G; Omohundro M; Schnittman JD; Schwengeler HM; Barry RK; Terentev IA; Boyd P; Schmitt AR; Quinn SN; Vanderburg A; Palle E; Armstrong J; Ricker GR; Vanderspek R; Seager S; Winn JN; Jenkins JM; Caldwell DA; Wohler B; Shiao B; Burke CJ; Daylan T; Villaseñor J, 2021, 'TIC 168789840: A sextuply eclipsing sextuple star system', Astronomical Journal, vol. 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/abddb5
2021
Malla SP; Stello D; Huber D; Montet BT; Bedding TR; Andersen MF; Grundahl F; Jessen-Hansen J; Hey DR; Palle PL; Deng L; Zhang C; Chen X; Lloyd J; Antoci V, 2020, 'Asteroseismic masses of four evolved planet-hosting stars using SONG and TESS: Resolving the retired A-star mass controversy', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 496, pp. 5423 - 5435, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa1793
2020
Feinstein AD; Montet BT; Ansdell M; Nord B; Bean JL; Günther MN; Gully-Santiago MA; Schlieder JE, 2020, 'Flare Statistics for Young Stars from a Convolutional Neural Network Analysis of TESS Data', Astronomical Journal, vol. 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/abac0a
2020
Hedges C; Angus R; Barentsen G; Saunders N; Montet BT; Gully-Santiago M, 2020, 'Systematics-insensitive Periodogram for Finding Periods in TESS Observations of Long-period Rotators', Research Notes of the AAS, vol. 4, pp. 220 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/abd106
2020
Feinstein A; Montet B; Ansdell M, 2020, '\texttt{stella}: Convolutional Neural Networks for Flare Identification in \textit{TESS}', Journal of Open Source Software, vol. 5, pp. 2347 - 2347, http://dx.doi.org/10.21105/joss.02347
2020
Kostov VB; Orosz JA; Feinstein AD; Welsh WF; Cukier W; Haghighipour N; Quarles B; Martin DV; Montet BT; Torres G; Triaud AHMJ; Barclay T; Boyd P; Briceno C; Cameron AC; Correia ACM; Gilbert EA; Gill S; Gillon M; Haqq-Misra J; Hellier C; Dressing C; Fabrycky DC; Furesz G; Jenkins JM; Kane SR; Kopparapu R; Hodžić VK; Latham DW; Law N; Levine AM; Li G; Lintott C; Lissauer JJ; Mann AW; Mazeh T; Mardling R; Maxted PFL; Eisner N; Pepe F; Pepper J; Pollacco D; Quinn SN; Quintana EV; Rowe JF; Ricker G; Rose ME; Seager S; Santerne A; Ségransan D; Short DR; Smith JC; Standing MR; Tokovinin A; Trifonov T; Turner O; Twicken JD; Udry S; Vanderspek R; Winn JN; Wolf ET; Ziegler C; Ansorge P; Barnet F; Bergeron J; Huten M; Pappa G; Van Der Straeten T, 2020, 'TOI-1338: TESS' First Transiting Circumbinary Planet', Astronomical Journal, vol. 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab8a48
2020
Burt JA; Nielsen LD; Quinn SN; Mamajek EE; Matthews EC; Zhou G; Seidel JV; Huang CX; Lopez E; Soto M; Otegi J; Stassun KG; Kreidberg L; Collins KA; Eastman JD; Rodriguez JE; Vanderburg A; Halverson SP; Teske JK; Wang SX; Butler RP; Bouchy F; Dumusque X; Segransen D; Shectman SA; Crane JD; Feng F; Montet BT; Feinstein AD; Beletski Y; Flowers E; Günther MN; Daylan T; Collins KI; Conti DM; Gan T; Jensen ELN; Kielkopf JF; Tan TG; Helled R; Dorn C; Haldemann J; Lissauer JJ; Ricker GR; Vanderspek R; Latham DW; Seager S; Winn JN; Jenkins JM; Twicken JD; Smith JC; Tenenbaum P; Cartwright S; Barclay T; Pepper J; Esquerdo G; Fong W, 2020, 'TOI-824 b: A New Planet on the Lower Edge of the Hot Neptune Desert', Astronomical Journal, vol. 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/abac0c
2020
Reinhold T; Shapiro AI; Solanki SK; Montet BT; Krivova NA; Cameron RH; Amazo-Gómez EM, 2020, 'The Sun is less active than other solar-like stars', Science, vol. 368, pp. 518 - 521, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aay3821
2020
Montet BT; Feinstein AD; Luger R; Bedell ME; Gully-Santiago MA; Teske JK; Wang SX; Butler RP; Flowers E; Shectman SA; Crane JD; Thompson IB, 2020, 'The Young Planet DS Tuc Ab Has a Low Obliquity', Astronomical Journal, vol. 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab6d6d
2020
Gonzales EJ; Crepp JR; Bechter EB; Wood CM; Johnson JA; Montet BT; Isaacson H; Howard AW, 2020, 'The TRENDS High-contrast Imaging Survey. VIII. Compendium of Benchmark Objects', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 893, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab71fb
2020
Martínez RR; Ballard S; Mayo A; Vanderburg A; Montet BT; Christiansen JL, 2019, 'Characterization of Low-mass K2 Planet Hosts Using Near-infrared Spectroscopy', Astronomical Journal, vol. 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab3347
2019
Bedell M; Hogg DW; Foreman-Mackey D; Montet BT; Luger R, 2019, 'WOBBLE: A Data-driven Analysis Technique for Time-series Stellar Spectra', Astronomical Journal, vol. 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab40a7
2019
Hamann A; Montet BT; Fabrycky DC; Agol E; Kruse E, 2019, 'K2-146: Discovery of Planet c, Precise Masses from Transit Timing, and Observed Precession', Astronomical Journal, vol. 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab32e3
2019
Kostov VB; Schlieder JE; Barclay T; Quintana EV; Colón KD; Brande J; Collins KA; Feinstein AD; Hadden S; Kane SR; Kreidberg L; Kruse E; Lam C; Matthews E; Montet BT; Pozuelos FJ; Stassun KG; Winters JG; Ricker G; Vanderspek R; Latham D; Seager S; Winn J; Jenkins JM; Afanasev D; Armstrong JJD; Arney G; Boyd P; Barentsen G; Barkaoui K; Batalha NE; Beichman C; Bayliss D; Burke C; Burdanov A; Cacciapuoti L; Carson A; Charbonneau D; Christiansen J; Ciardi D; Clampin M; Collins KI; Conti DM; Coughlin J; Covone G; Crossfield I; Delrez L; Domagal-Goldman S; Dressing C; Ducrot E; Essack Z; Everett ME; Fauchez T; Foreman-Mackey D; Gan T; Gilbert E; Gillon M; Gonzales E; Hamann A; Hedges C; Hocutt H; Hoffman K; Horch EP; Horne K; Howell S; Hynes S; Ireland M; Irwin JM; Isopi G; Jensen ELN; Jehin E; Kaltenegger L; Kielkopf JF; Kopparapu R; Lewis N; Lopez E; Lissauer JJ; Mann AW; Mallia F; Mandell A; Matson RA; Mazeh T; Monsue T; Moran SE; Moran V; Morley CV; Morris B; Muirhead P; Mukai K; Mullally S; Mullally F; Murray C; Narita N; Palle E; Pidhorodetska D; Quinn D; Relles H; Rinehart S; Ritsko M; Rodriguez JE, 2019, 'The L 98-59 System: Three Transiting, Terrestrial-size Planets Orbiting a Nearby M Dwarf', Astronomical Journal, vol. 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab2459
2019
Karoff C; Metcalfe TS; Montet BT; Jannsen NE; Santos ARG; Nielsen MB; Chaplin WJ, 2019, 'Sounding stellar cycles with Kepler - III. Comparative analysis of chromospheric, photometric, and asteroseismic variability', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 485, pp. 5096 - 5104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz782
2019
Christ CN; Montet BT; Fabrycky DC, 2019, 'Observations of the Kepler Field with TESS: Predictions for Planet Yield and Observable Features', Astronomical Journal, vol. 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ab1aae
2019
Martin DV; Fabrycky DC; Montet BT, 2019, 'Transits of Inclined Exomoons - Hide and Seek and an Application to Kepler-1625', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 875, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/ab0aea
2019
Günther MN; Pozuelos FJ; Dittmann JA; Dragomir D; Kane SR; Daylan T; Feinstein AD; Huang CX; Morton TD; Bonfanti A; Bouma LG; Burt J; Collins KA; Lissauer JJ; Matthews E; Montet BT; Vanderburg A; Wang S; Winters JG; Ricker GR; Vanderspek RK; Latham DW; Seager S; Winn JN; Jenkins JM; Armstrong JD; Barkaoui K; Batalha N; Bean JL; Caldwell DA; Ciardi DR; Collins KI; Crossfield I; Fausnaugh M; Furesz G; Gan T; Gillon M; Guerrero N; Horne K; Howell SB; Ireland M; Isopi G; Jehin E; Kielkopf JF; Lepine S; Mallia F; Matson RA; Myers G; Palle E; Quinn SN; Relles HM; Rojas-Ayala B; Schlieder J; Sefako R; Shporer A; Suárez JC; Tan TG; Ting EB; Twicken JD; Waite IA, 2019, 'Publisher Correction: A super-Earth and two sub-Neptunes transiting the nearby and quiet M dwarf TOI-270 (Nature Astronomy, (2019), 3, 12, (1099-1108), 10.1038/s41550-019-0845-5)', Nature Astronomy, vol. 3, pp. 1157 - 1158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0889-6
2019
Günther MN; Pozuelos FJ; Dittmann JA; Dragomir D; Kane SR; Daylan T; Feinstein AD; Huang CX; Morton TD; Bonfanti A; Bouma LG; Burt J; Collins KA; Lissauer JJ; Matthews E; Montet BT; Vanderburg A; Wang S; Winters JG; Ricker GR; Vanderspek RK; Latham DW; Seager S; Winn JN; Jenkins JM; Armstrong JD; Barkaoui K; Batalha N; Bean JL; Caldwell DA; Ciardi DR; Collins KI; Crossfield I; Fausnaugh M; Furesz G; Gan T; Gillon M; Guerrero N; Horne K; Howell SB; Ireland M; Isopi G; Jehin E; Kielkopf JF; Lepine S; Mallia F; Matson RA; Myers G; Palle E; Quinn SN; Relles HM; Rojas-Ayala B; Schlieder J; Sefako R; Shporer A; Suárez JC; Tan TG; Ting EB; Twicken JD; Waite IA, 2019, 'A super-Earth and two sub-Neptunes transiting the nearby and quiet M dwarf TOI-270', Nature Astronomy, vol. 3, pp. 1099 - 1108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0845-5
2019
Feinstein AD; Montet BT; Foreman-Mackey D; Bedell ME; Saunders N; Bean JL; Christiansen JL; Hedges C; Luger R; Scolnic D; Cardoso JVDM, 2019, 'Eleanor: An open-source tool for extracting light curves from the TESS full-frame images', Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/ab291c
2019
Ghezzi L; Montet BT; Johnson JA, 2019, 'Erratum: Retired a stars revisited: an updated giant planet occurrence rate as a function of stellar metallicity and mass (Astrophysical Journal (2018) 860 (109) DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aac37c)', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 878, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab2644
2019
Ghezzi L; Montet BT; Johnson JA, 2018, 'Retired A Stars Revisited: An Updated Giant Planet Occurrence Rate as a Function of Stellar Metallicity and Mass', ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 860, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aac7c
2018
Davenport JRA; Covey KR; Clarke RW; Laycock Z; Fleming SW; Boyajian TS; Montet BT; Shiao B; Million CC; Wilson DJ; Olmedo M; Mamajek EE; Olmedo D; Chávez M; Bertone E, 2018, 'The GALEX View of "boyajian's Star" (KIC 8462852)', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 853, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aaa413
2018
Simon JD; Shappee BJ; Pojmański G; Montet BT; Kochanek CS; Van Saders J; Holoien TWS; Henden AA, 2018, 'Where Is the Flux Going? the Long-term Photometric Variability of Boyajian's Star', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 853, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aaa0c1
2018
Karoff C; Metcalfe TS; Santos ÂRG; Montet BT; Isaacson H; Witzke V; Shapiro AI; Mathur S; Davies GR; Lund MN; Garcia RA; Brun AS; Salabert D; Avelino PP; Saders JV; Egeland R; Cunha MS; Campante TL; Chaplin WJ; Krivova N; Solanki SK; Stritzinger M; Knudsen MF, 2018, 'The Influence of Metallicity on Stellar Differential Rotation and Magnetic Activity', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 852, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aaa026
2018
Beatty TG; Morley CV; Curtis JL; Burrows A; Davenport JRA; Montet BT, 2018, 'A Significant Overluminosity in the Transiting Brown Dwarf CWW 89Ab', Astronomical Journal, vol. 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aad697
2018
Montet BT, 2018, 'Unbiased Inference of the Masses of Transiting Planets from Radial Velocity Follow-up', Research Notes of the AAS, vol. 2, pp. 28 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/aac2c1
2018
Ghezzi L; Montet BT; Johnson JA, 2018, 'Retired A Stars Revisited: An Updated Giant Planet Occurrence Rate as a Function of Stellar Metallicity and Mass', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 860, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aac37c
2018
Montet BT; Tovar G; Foreman-Mackey D, 2017, 'Long-term Photometric Variability in Kepler Full-frame Images: Magnetic Cycles of Sun-like Stars', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 851, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa9e00
2017
Shan Y; Yee JC; Bowler BP; Cieza LA; Montet BT; Cánovas H; Liu MC; Close LM; Hinz PM; Males JR; Morzinski KM; Vaz A; Bailey VP; Follette KB, 2017, 'The Multiplicity of M Dwarfs in Young Moving Groups', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 846, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa859d
2017
Czekala I; Mandel KS; Andrews SM; Dittmann JA; Ghosh SK; Montet BT; Newton ER, 2017, 'Disentangling Time-series Spectra with Gaussian Processes: Applications to Radial Velocity Analysis', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 840, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa6aab
2017
Morris BM; Hawley SL; Hebb L; Sakari C; Davenport JRA; Isaacson H; Howard AW; Montet BT; Agol E, 2017, 'Chromospheric Activity of HAT-P-11: An Unusually Active Planet-hosting K Star', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 848, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa8cca
2017
Montet BT; Yee JC; Penny MT, 2017, 'Measuring the galactic distribution of transiting planets with WFIRST', Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aa57fb
2017
Balser DS; Roshi DA; Jeyakumar S; Bania TM; Montet BT; Shitanishi JA, 2016, 'Magnetic field strengths in photodissociation regions', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 816, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/816/1/22
2016
Otor OJ; Montet BT; Johnson JA; Charbonneau D; Collier-Cameron A; Howard AW; Isaacson H; Latham DW; Lopez-Morales M; Lovis C; Mayor M; Micela G; Molinari E; Pepe F; Piotto G; Phillips DF; Queloz D; Rice K; Sasselov D; Ségransan D; Sozzetti A; Udry S; Watson C, 2016, 'THE ORBIT and MASS of the THIRD PLANET in the KEPLER-56 SYSTEM', Astronomical Journal, vol. 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/6/165
2016
Crepp JR; Gonzales EJ; Bechter EB; Montet BT; Johnson JA; Piskorz D; Howard AW; Isaacson H, 2016, 'THE TRENDS HIGH-CONTRAST IMAGING SURVEY. VI. DISCOVERY of A MASS, AGE, and METALLICITY BENCHMARK BROWN DWARF', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 831, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/831/2/136
2016
Montet BT; Simon JD, 2016, 'KIC 8462852 FADED THROUGHOUT the KEPLER MISSION', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 830, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/830/2/L39
2016
Montet BT; Johnson JA; Fortney JJ; Desert JM, 2016, 'BENCHMARK TRANSITING BROWN DWARF LHS 6343 C: SPITZER SECONDARY ECLIPSE OBSERVATIONS YIELD BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE and MID-T SPECTRAL CLASS', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 822, http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/822/1/L6
2016
Montet BT; Bowler BP; Shkolnik EL; Deck KM; Wang J; Horch EP; Liu MC; Hillenbrand LA; Kraus AL; Charbonneau D, 2015, 'Dynamical masses of young m dwarfs: Masses and orbital parameters of GJ 3305 AB, the wide binary companion to the imaged exoplanet host 51 ERI', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 813, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/813/1/L11
2015
Barclay T; Quintana EV; Adams FC; Ciardi DR; Huber D; Foreman-Mackey D; Montet BT; Caldwell D, 2015, 'The five planets in the Kepler-296 binary system all orbit the primary: A statistical and analytical analysis', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 809, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/809/1/7
2015
Montet BT; Morton TD; Foreman-Mackey D; Johnson JA; Hogg DW; Bowler BP; Latham DW; Bieryla A; Mann AW, 2015, 'Stellar and planetary properties of K2 campaign 1 candidates and validation of 17 planets, including a planet receiving Earth-like insolation', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 809, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/809/1/25
2015
Bowler BP; Shkolnik EL; Liu MC; Schlieder JE; Mann AW; Dupuy TJ; Hinkley S; Crepp JR; Johnson JA; Howard AW; Flagg L; Weinberger AJ; Aller KM; Allers KN; Best WMJ; Kotson MC; Montet BT; Herczeg GJ; Baranec C; Riddle R; Law NM; Nielsen EL; Wahhaj Z; Biller BA; Hayward TL, 2015, 'PLANETS AROUND LOW-MASS STARS (PALMS). V. AGE-DATING LOW-MASS COMPANIONS to MEMBERS and INTERLOPERS of YOUNG MOVING GROUPS', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/806/1/62
2015
Foreman-Mackey D; Montet BT; Hogg DW; Morton TD; Wang D; Schölkopf B, 2015, 'A SYSTEMATIC SEARCH FOR TRANSITING PLANETS IN THE K2 DATA', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/806/2/215
2015
Vanderburg A; Montet BT; Johnson JA; Buchhave LA; Zeng L; Pepe F; Cameron AC; Latham DW; Molinari E; Udry S; Lovis C; Matthews JM; Cameron C; Law N; Bowler BP; Angus R; Baranec C; Bieryla A; Boschin W; Charbonneau D; Cosentino R; Dumusque X; Figueira P; Guenther DB; Harutyunyan A; Hellier C; Kuschnig R; Lopez-Morales M; Mayor M; Micela G; Moffat AFJ; Pedani M; Phillips DF; Piotto G; Pollacco D; Queloz D; Rice K; Riddle R; Rowe JF; Rucinski SM; Sasselov D; Ségransan D; Sozzetti A; Szentgyorgyi A; Watson C; Weiss WW, 2015, 'Characterizing K2 planet discoveries: A super-earth transiting the bright K dwarf HIP 116454', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 800, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/800/1/59
2015
Montet BT; Johnson JA; Muirhead PS; Villar A; Vassallo C; Baranec C; Law NM; Riddle R; Marcy GW; Howard AW; Isaacson H, 2015, 'Characterizing the cool KOIs. VII. Refined physical properties of the transiting brown dwarf LHS 6343 C', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 800, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/800/2/134
2015
Swift JJ; Montet BT; Vanderburg A; Morton T; Muirhead PS; Johnson JA, 2015, 'CHARACTERIZING the COOL KOIs. VIII. PARAMETERS of the PLANETS ORBITING KEPLER'S COOLEST DWARFS', Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, vol. 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0067-0049/218/2/26
2015
Yu L; Winn JN; Gillon M; Albrecht S; Rappaport S; Bieryla A; Dai F; Delrez L; Hillenbrand L; Holman MJ; Howard AW; Huang CX; Isaacson H; Jehin E; Lendl M; Montet BT; Muirhead P; Sanchis-Ojeda R; Triaud AHMJ, 2015, 'Tests of the planetary hypothesis for PTFO 8-8695b', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 812, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/812/1/48
2015
Knutson HA; Fulton BJ; Montet BT; Kao M; Ngo H; Howard AW; Crepp JR; Hinkley S; Bakos GA; Batygin K; Johnson JA; Morton TD; Muirhead PS, 2014, 'Friends of hot jupiters. I. A radial velocity search for massive, long-period companions to close-in gas giant planets', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 785, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/785/2/126
2014
Bechter EB; Crepp JR; Ngo H; Knutson HA; Batygin K; Hinkley S; Muirhead PS; Johnson JA; Howard AW; Montet BT; Matthews CT; Morton TD, 2014, 'WASP-12b and HAT-P-8b are members of triple star systems', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 788, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/788/1/2
2014
Montet BT; Crepp JR; Johnson JA; Howard AW; Marcy GW, 2014, 'The trends high-contrast imaging survey. iv. the occurrence rate of giant planets around m dwarfs', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 781, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/781/1/28
2014
Swift JJ; Johnson JA; Morton TD; Crepp JR; Montet BT; Fabrycky DC; Muirhead PS, 2013, 'Characterizing the cool kois. IV. Kepler-32 as a prototype for the formation of compact planetary systems throughout the galaxy', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 764, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/764/1/105
2013
Montet BT; Johnson JA, 2013, 'Model-independent stellar and planetary masses from multi-transiting exoplanetary systems', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 762, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/762/2/112
2013
Huber D; Carter JA; Barbieri M; Miglio A; Deck KM; Fabrycky DC; Montet BT; Buchhave LA; Chaplin WJ; Hekker S; Montalbán J; Sanchis-Ojeda R; Basu S; Bedding TR; Campante TL; Christensen-Dalsgaard J; Elsworth YP; Stello D; Arentoft T; Ford EB; Gilliland RL; Handberg R; Howard AW; Isaacson H; Johnson JA; Karoff C; Kawaler SD; Kjeldsen H; Latham DW; Lund MN; Lundkvist M; Marcy GW; Metcalfe TS; Aguirre VS; Winn JN, 2013, 'Stellar spin-orbit misalignment in a multiplanet system', Science, vol. 342, pp. 331 - 334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1242066
2013
Crepp JR; Johnson JA; Howard AW; Marcy GW; Fischer DA; Hillenbrand LA; Yantek SM; Delaney CR; Wright JT; Isaacson HT; Montet BT, 2012, 'The trends high-contrast imaging survey. I. Three benchmark M dwarfs orbiting solar-type stars', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 761, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/761/1/39
2012
Hogg DW; Angus R; Barclay T; Dawson R; Fergus R; Foreman-Mackey D; Harmeling S; Hirsch M; Lang D; Montet BT; Schiminovich D; Schölkopf B, 'Maximizing Kepler science return per telemetered pixel: Detailed models of the focal plane in the two-wheel era', , http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.0653v1
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Checlair JH; Abbot DS; Webber RJ; Feng YK; Bean JL; Schwieterman EW; Stark CC; Robinson TD; Kempton E; Alcabes ODN; Apai D; Arney G; Cowan N; Domagal-Goldman S; Dong C; Fleming DP; Fujii Y; Graham RJ; Guzewich SD; Hasegawa Y; Hayworth BPC; Kane SR; Kite ES; Komacek TD; Kopparapu RK; Mansfield M; Marounina N; Montet BT; Olson SL; Paradise A; Popovic P; Rackham BV; Ramirez RM; Rau G; Reinhard C; Renaud J; Rogers L; Walkowicz LM; Warren A; Wolf ET, A Statistical Comparative Planetology Approach to Maximize the Scientific Return of Future Exoplanet Characterization Efforts, http://dx.doi.org, http://arxiv.org/abs/1903.05211v1
Gaudi BS; Akeson R; Anderson J; Bachelet E; Bennett DP; Bhattacharya A; Bozza V; Novati SC; Henderson CB; Johnson SA; Kruk J; Lu JR; Mao S; Montet BT; Nataf DM; Penny MT; Poleski R; Ranc C; Sahu K; Shvartzvald Y; Spergel DN; Suzuki D; Stassun KG; Street RA, "Auxiliary" Science with the WFIRST Microlensing Survey, http://dx.doi.org, http://arxiv.org/abs/1903.08986v1
Montet BT; Angus R; Barclay T; Dawson R; Fergus R; Foreman-Mackey D; Harmeling S; Hirsch M; Hogg DW; Lang D; Schiminovich D; Scholkopf B, Maximizing Kepler science return per telemetered pixel: Searching the habitable zones of the brightest stars, http://dx.doi.org, http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.0654v1

I am the PI of the eleanor project, a NASA-funded program to produce public light curves and software tools to interact with data from the NASA TESS mission. This work has been led by a graduate student at the University of Chicago (my previous institution). We have plans to make technical improvements to the software in the coming years, and I am also looking to work with additional students on various science projects with the resultant data.

I am currently a Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

I study nearby stars and their planetary systems. We know of thousands of exoplanets in the Milky Way, largely discovered with data from the NASA Kepler mission. I use that facility, the NASA TESS mission, and ground-based spectrographs in Australia, the USA, and Chile to find and characterise newly-discovered planets. I also work to understand the stellar activity of the planet host stars and how that might affect habitability. I'm also interested in developing machine learning approaches to maximise our ability to find small signals in these noisy, incomplete data sets.