Reintroducing Meg Schwamb

Meg Schwamb is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a planetary scientist and astronomer focusing on understanding how planets and their building blocks form and evolve. When not working, you can typically find Meg hiding out in a British pub in Taipei or wondering if the Chicago Fire is going to make it to the Major League Soccer playoffs this year.

Meg uses large surveys to probe the small body reservoirs in the Solar System. She is currently involved in the Colours of the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (http://www.colossos.net/), a 3-year (386-hour) guaranteed campaign on Gemini North to measure a single epoch of g,r,and J band for a sample of Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) with m_r’ <= 23.5 mag. The objects studied in ColOSSOS are discovered through the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS), which for the first time provides a large enough sample of KBOs (~500) where all the detection biases are well characterized.

Meg also mines large datasets via citizen science, enlisting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in the research effort. She is currently involved in the Zooniverse’s (http://www.zooniverse.org) Planet Four (http://www.planetfour.org), Planet Four: Terrains (http://terrains.planetfour.org), and Comet Hunters (http://www.comethunters.org) citizen science projects to respectively map seasonal fans on the south pole of Mars, characterize surface features on the Martian South, and search for cometary activity in the asteroid belt. Meg is also one of the founding members of astrotweeps and the Astronomy on Tap (http://www.astronomyontap.org) series of public astronomy talks in bars and pubs.

You can find Meg on twitter at @megschwamb

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