Karen Pollard

Associate Professor and DeanKaren Pollard

Director of The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory
Beatrice Tinsley 416
Internal Phone: 95816

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Research interests include:
- understanding the structure and evolution of stars and planetary systems
- asteroseismology: studying the pulsations of stars
- fundamental properties of variable and multiple star systems
- discovering new planets and studying planetary systems

Recent Publications

  • Bergmann C., Jones MI., Zhao J., Mustill AJ., Brahm R., Torres P., Wittenmyer RA., Gunn F., Pollard KR. and Zapata A. (2021) HD 76920 b pinned down: A detailed analysis of the most eccentric planetary system around an evolved star. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/pasa.2021.8.
  • Aydi E., Sokolovsky KV., Chomiuk L., Steinberg E., Li KL., Vurm I., Metzger BD., Strader J., Mukai K. and Pejcha O. (2020) Direct evidence for shock-powered optical emission in a nova. Nature Astronomy 4(8): 776-780. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-1070-y.
  • González JF., Briquet M., Przybilla N., Nieva MF., De Cat P., Saesen S., Hubrig S., Thoul A., Pápics PI. and Palaversa L. (2019) HD 96446: A long-period binary with a strongly magnetic He-rich primary with β Cephei pulsations. Astronomy and Astrophysics 626 http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201935177.
  • Merle T., van Eck S., Pollard K., van der Swaelmen M., Jorissen A., Pourbaix D., Smiljanic R. and Zwitter T. (2019) A very rare hierarchical SB4 system detected in the Gaia-ESO Survey? In Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana - Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society 90(3): 424-427.
  • Tobin W., Barnes SI., Persson S. and Pollard KR. (2019) Β Pictoris: Observations of the Ca II H&K absorptions in 1997 and 1998. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 489(1): 574-593. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz1983.