Dr Sarah Rugheimer

Dr Sarah Rugheimer
Research Fellow


I am a Simons Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews. My research interests are modeling the atmosphere and climate of extrasolar planets with a particular focus on the atmospheric biosignatures in Earth-like planets as well as modeling early Earth conditions.

More broadly, I am interested in anything related to the field of Astrobiology: the study of the origin of life on Earth and the pursuit of detecting life on other planets/moons in the Universe. Currently we are just now finding planets that are Earth-sized with termperate for the first time in history. In the next two decades, first with the James Webb Space Telescope and later with follow-up missions like the Terrestrial Planet Finder, we will be able to detect the atmospheres of terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zone. These questions of our origins and the distribution of life in the Universe are the main driving inspiration for my day to day work.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Youngblood, A, France, K, Loyd, ROP, Brown, A, Mason, JP, Schneider, PC, Tilley, MA, Berta-Thompson, ZK, Buccino, A, Froning, CS, Hawley, SL, Linsky, J, Mauas, PJD, Redfield, S, Kowalski, A, Miguel, Y, Newton, ER, Rugheimer, S, Segura, A, Roberge, A & Vieytes, M 2017, 'The MUSCLES Treasury Survey. IV.: Scaling relations for ultraviolet, Ca II K, and energetic particle fluxes from M dwarfs' Astrophysical Journal, vol 843, no. 1, 31. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa76dd
Domagal-Goldman, SD, Wright, KE, Adamala, K, De La Rubia, LA, Bond, J, Dartnell, LR, Goldman, AD, Lynch, K, Naud, ME, Paulino-Lima, IG, Singer, K, Walter-Antonio, M, Abrevaya, XC, Anderson, R, Arney, G, Atri, D, Azuá-Bustos, A, Bowman, JS, Brazelton, WJ, Brennecka, GA, Carns, R, Chopra, A, Colangelo-Lillis, J, Crockett, CJ, De Marines, J, Frank, EA, Frantz, C, De La Fuente, E, Galante, D, Glass, J, Gleeson, D, Glein, CR, Goldblatt, C, Horak, R, Horodyskyj, L, Kaçar, B, Kereszturi, A, Knowles, E, Mayeur, P, McGlynn, S, Miguel, Y, Montgomery, M, Neish, C, Noack, L, Rugheimer, S, Stüeken, EE, Tamez-Hidalgo, P, Walker, SI & Wong, T 2016, 'The Astrobiology Primer v2.0' Astrobiology, vol 16, no. 8, pp. 561-653. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1460
Youngblood, A, France, K, Loyd, ROP, Linsky, JL, Redfield, S, Schneider, PC, Wood, BE, Brown, A, Froning, C, Miguel, Y, Rugheimer, S & Walkowicz, L 2016, 'The MUSCLES Treasury Survey. II. Intrinsic Lyα and extreme ultraviolet spectra of K and M dwarfs with exoplanets' Astrophysical Journal, vol 824, no. 2, 101. DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/824/2/101
Loyd, ROP, France, K, Youngblood, A, Schneider, C, Brown, A, Hu, R, Linsky, J, Froning, CS, Redfield, S, Rugheimer, S & Tian, F 2016, 'The MUSCLES Treasury Survey. III. X-ray to infrared spectra of 11 M and K stars hosting planets' Astrophysical Journal, vol 824, no. 2, 102. DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/824/2/102
France, K, Parke Loyd, RO, Youngblood, A, Brown, A, Schneider, PC, Hawley, SL, Froning, CS, Linsky, JL, Roberge, A, Buccino, AP, Davenport, JRA, Fontenla, JM, Kaltenegger, L, Kowalski, AF, Mauas, PJD, Miguel, Y, Redfield, S, Rugheimer, S, Tian, F, Vieytes, MC, Walkowicz, LM & Weisenburger, KL 2016, 'The MUSCLES Treasury Survey. I. Motivation and overview' Astrophysical Journal, vol 820, no. 2, pp. 1-24. DOI: 10.3847/0004-637X/820/2/89
Rugheimer, S, Kaltenegger, L, Zsom, A, Segura, A & Sasselov, D 2013, 'Spectral fingerprints of Earth-like planets around FGK stars' Astrobiology, vol 13, no. 3, pp. 251-269. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2012.0888
Rugheimer, SM, Liu, Q, Sclabassi, RJ & Sun, M 2006, Displaying raw MEG measurements with FreeSurfer. in Proceedings of the IEEE 32nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, 2006. vol. 2006, 1629751, pp. 59-60.

Contact Details:

Dr Sarah Rugheimer
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: 01334 464948
room: 407
email: srm26@st-andrews.ac.uk


Research Website
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Centre for Exoplanet Science

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