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Classes at UCLA

EPS SCI 219-1: Planetary & Orbital Dynamics


This class examines the different detection techniques used to discover extrasolar planets and what we can infer from the observations about the physical properties of these new worlds.


This class is open to graduate students and was offered in the Winter term of 2017.

EPS SCI 9: Solar System & Planets


This class discusses the properties of the sun, planets, asteroids, and comets. We will discuss astronomical observations relevant to understanding the solar system and its origin. We will examine meteoritic evidence regarding the earliest history of solar system and talk about chemical models of the solar nebula.


This class is a GE class and was offered in the Spring term of 2017 and I will teach it again in the Winter term of 2018.

Classes at MIT

12.425/12.625/8.8.290J: Extrasolar Planets, Physics & Detection Techniques


This class examines the different detection techniques used to discover extrasolar planets and what we can infer from the observations about the physical properties of these new worlds.


This class is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. It was last offered in Spring 2014, Spring 2015 and Spring 2016

12.098/12.S680: Formation & Evolution of Planetary Systems


I developed this course as an investigation into the current understanding of how planets form, combining orbital dynamics, geochemical constraints and astrophysical observations.


This class is open to both undergraduates and graduate students.  It was first offered in Fall 2015.

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Fiat Lux Seminar: The life and work of 5 female UCLA scientists


This class is a freshmen seminar and will examines the life and work of 5 female UCLA scientists.


This class is a freshmen seminar and will be offered in the Winter term of 2018