Lisa Kaltenegger

Associate Professor, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

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Contact Information

312 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-3507

Lisa Kaltenegger

Associate Professor, Director of the Carl Sagan Institute
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise

Characterization of extrasolar planets; modeling of a diverse set of signatures of life that can be detected with a telescope; observational features of rocky planets; identification of habitable planets; astrophysics; atmospheric modeling

Current Research Interest

Rocky planets and super-Earth atmospheres; planets in the habitable zone; spectral fingerprint of rocky exoplanets detectable with the next generation of telescopes; signs of life on other worlds

Distinction

National Academy of Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee  
National Academy of Science, Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Foundation Plenary Prize Lecture
Christian Doppler Prize for Science and Innovation Austria
Heinz Meier Leibnitz Prize for Physics of Germany
European Commission Role Model for Women in Science and Research
Smithsonian Magazine Young American Innovators Award

Selected Publications

Siddharth Hegde, Ivan G. Paulino-Lima, Ryan Kent, Lisa Kaltenegger, Lynn Rothschild. “Surface Biosignatures of Exo-Earths: Remote Detection of Extraterrestrial Life." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, no. 13 (2015).

Kaltenegger, Lisa, D. Sasselov, and Sarah Rugheimer. “Water Planets in the Habitable Zone: Atmospheric Chemistry, Observable Features, and the Case of Kepler-62e and -62f.” Astrophysical Journal Letters 775, no. 2 (2013).

Cornell Research Website Video

Searching for Extraterrestrial Life