Merrin is working towards her Master’s in Physics at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Björn Benneke. She currently works with data from Kepler K2, and is developing a program to identify longer-period planets in K2 light curves which transit their host stars only twice during the time of observation. Her code will be used to search for these planets in years of previous K2 campaigns and with data from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite when it becomes available. She is very excited to be finding planets, and to assist with follow-up observations to validate and characterize the atmospheres of good candidates she helps to find
Previously, Merrin received her Bachelor’s in Physics at McGill University. She first joined the team at iREx in the summer of 2017 as a Trottier summer intern with researchers Jason Rowe and Lauren Weiss, and worked with spectroscopic data from the Keck telescope to model the atmospheres of known exoplanets using cross-correlation with possible atmospheric spectra.