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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bennett DP., Udalski A., Han C., Bond IA., Beaulieu JP., Skowron J., Gaudi BS., Koshimoto N., Abe F. and Asakura Y. (2018) The First Planetary Microlensing Event with Two Microlensed Source Stars. Astronomical Journal 155(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aaadfa.
  • Brunsden E., Pollard KR., Wright DJ., De Cat P. and Cottrell PL. (2018) Frequency and mode identification of γ Doradus from photometric and spectroscopic observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475(3): 3813-3822. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty034.