Wesleyan portrait of Seth  Redfield

Seth Redfield

Associate Professor of Astronomy

Van Vleck Observatory, 101
860-685-3669

Chair, Astronomy Department

Associate Professor, Integrative Sciences

sredfield@wesleyan.edu

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BM New Eng Consv Music
BS Tufts University
MS University of Colorado Boulder
PHD University of Colorado Boulder

Seth Redfield

Professor Seth Redfield studies the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets and the gas and dust floating between the nearest stars, the local interstellar medium. By using telescopes around the world and in space, he has observed nearby stars and uses the spectroscopic signatures of gas, either in the interstellar medium or in the atmosphere around an exoplanet, to measure physical properties such as composition, density, temperature, and motion. This work provides a clearer understanding of our most immediate cosmic neighborhood and the prospects for life elsewhere in the galaxy.

Professor Redfield grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was an undergraduate in Boston, participating in the Double Degree Program between Tufts University, where he studied physics and astronomy, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied oboe performance, music theory, and composition. Prof. Redfield obtained his PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he was recognized with the Richard N. Thomas Award. He then moved to the University of Texas in Austin, where he was a Harlan J. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow and a Hubble Fellow. Prof. Redfield joined the Wesleyan University faculty in 2008.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

 

 By appointment

Courses

Fall 2017
ASTR 224 - 01
Exoplanets

Spring 2018
ASTR 105 - 01
Exploring the Cosmos