Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College
Leslie Rogers’s research is focused on theoretical and numerical studies of exoplanets that are the size of Neptune or smaller. Her work aims to characterize the demographics of low-mass exoplanets by distinguishing, to the extent possible, whether they are rocky bodies, mini-Neptunes, or water-worlds and quantifying how the relative occurrence rates of these populations depend on orbital separation and host star properties. She is also interested in gravitational microlensing, interacting binary stars, and meteoroid ablation in Earth’s atmosphere.
Rogers has authored or co-authored papers in the Astrophysical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal Letters (Part 2), Nature, and Science. She has served on the Hubble Space Telescope Exoplanet Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) Science and Technology Definition Team, which is supporting one of the four large-scale space mission concepts being considered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for launch in the 2030s.
Rogers earned an Honours BSc in physics and mathematics from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following completion of her doctorate, she was awarded a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, as well as a NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.