Ryan’s thesis is focused jointly on the characterization of transiting exoplanets found with NASA’s TESS and the detection of Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zones of nearby M-dwarfs via the radial velocity method. These efforts are made possible with the hi-resolution, near-infrared spectrograph SPIRou. Exoplanets confirmed and/or detected with SPIRou will provide a unique sample of exoplanets with which to search for atmospheric biosignatures using the next-generation of telescopes and instrumentation (e.g. JWST and TMT).
Ryan is broadly interested in exoplanet observations and population statistics. As an undergraduate student, Ryan worked with a variety of data from stellar photometry to integral field spectroscopy of nearby galaxies, including high-contrast imaging of known planetary systems with NIRC2 on KECK and the Gemini Planet Imager. He is also interested in orbital dynamics pertaining to multi-planet systems and the early dynamical evolution of the solar system.
Interview (audio) with Marie-Eve Naud, recorded 12 April 2018 at Université de Montréal, at the 2018 Annual Meeting of iREx
CTVnews.ca (Graham Slaughter), Rocky and Habitable? ‘Super-Earth’ Exoplanet May Be Much Like Our Own, 7 December 2017
Radio-Canada (Alain Labelle), Deux exoplanètes mieux comprises grâce à des astronomes canadiens, 6 December 2017
Journal de Montréal (Catherine Motambault), Des chercheurs de l’UdeM découvrent deux «Super-Terres», 6 December 2017
CBC News (Nicole Mortillaro), Exoplanet could be ‘super-Earth,’ Canadian astronomers say, 4 December 2017
Radio-Canada (Alain Labelle), La planète disparue, 3 November 2015