Alison Duck

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Alison Duck

Graduate Student

McPherson Lab

I am a fifth year astronomy Ph.D candidate at The Ohio State University. My research interests revolve around systematically and uniformly characterizing exoplanets.

I am working with Prof. Scott Gaudi at The Ohio State University to investigate the differences in planet parameters that arise from different methods of breaking the mass radius degeneracy in the host star. In the paper currently under review, “An Exploration of Systematic Errors in Transiting Planets and Their Host Stars” Duck et al. 2023b, we re-analyze the KELT-15 system with four different methods of characterizing the host star and quantify the additional systematic uncertainties passed down to the derived planetary parameters.

I have also served at as TA for the Polaris mentorship course.

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