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Emma Dahl

Emma Dahl
Graduate Students

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dahlek at
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Expertise: Observational Astronomy, Planetary Science




I got my B.A. in Physics/Astronomy from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA in May 2015, under the mentorship of Andrea Dobson and Nathaniel Paust. While there I did a smattering of small projects, mostly concerning photometry, observational astronomy, and image processing. I completed an REU at Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket Island, MA over the summer of 2014 where I worked with Peter Stetson on observing and identifying variable stars in open clusters.

At NMSU, I’m working with Nancy Chanover on ground-based optical observations in support of the spacecraft Juno’s microwave and IR measurements of Jupiter’s atmosphere. We want to know just how the deep atmosphere (which can be detected in the microwave and IR) affects the dynamics of the topmost cloud deck, which we can measure at a wide range of visible wavelengths at APO with our NMSU Acousto-optic Imaging Camera (NAIC). NAIC contains an acousto-optic tunable filter, which is basically a special kind of crystal you can “tune” to let specific wavelengths through by applying a standing sound wave to it, making it useful for taking detailed spectral and spatially-resolved data.

As of late 2018, I was awarded the NASA Minority University Research Experience Program (MUREP) Fellowship, which allows me to continue my work with JPL’s Glenn Orton as my external NASA advisor.

I also really enjoy outreach and teaching the public about astronomy.



  • QUEST: A New Frontiers Uranus Orbiter Mission Concept Study
    S. Jarmak, E. Leonard, A. Akins, E. Dahl, D. R. Cremons, et al. 2019, submitted: Acta Astronautica
  • Correction of etaloning effects in ground-based hyperspectral image cubes of Jupiter
    Wijerthna, E., Dahl, E., Voelz, D., Chanover, N. J. 2019, submitted: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems


Meetings Attended

  • 225th AAS
  • NRAO New Mexico Symposium 2016
  • DPS 2016
  • AGU 2016
  • DPS 2017
  • NEMESIS@Oxford 2018
  • PSSS 2018
  • DPS 2018
  • AGU 2018
  • OPAG 2019
  • DPS 2019
  • OPAG 2020