Keivan Guadalupe-Stassun

Keivan Guadalupe-Stassun

Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University

Adjunct Professor of Physics, Fisk University

Visiting Professor 2011-2012

Hosted by Profs. Ed Berstchinger and Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Department of Physics

Keivan Guadalupe-Stassun is a Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Fisk University.


Keivan Guadalupe-Stassun is a Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Fisk University. He is well known for his research on star and planet formation, and leadership of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program.

Prof. Guadalupe-Stassun earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was a postdoctoral research fellow with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope Program before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt. His research on the birth of stars, eclipsing binary stars, exoplanetary systems, and the sun has appeared in Nature, has been featured on NPR’s Earth & Sky, and has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a host for Tennessee Explorers, a television show highlighting the work of scientists and engineers to inspire the next generation of scientific explorers, and has served as an expert witness to Congress in its review of approaches for increasing American competitiveness in these fields.

As an MLK Visiting Professor, Prof. Prof. Guadalupe-Stassun was hosted by Professors Ed Berstchinger and Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano in the Department of Physics. During his stay at MIT, he concentrated his efforts on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students in the physics graduate programs. Prof. Guadalupe-Stassun and his MIT colleagues also collaborated on a project to measure trace chemical species in supernova remnants via x-ray and infrared spectroscopy.

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Refereed, 2011-2014

Stassun, K.G., Feiden, G., Torres, G. 2014, New Astronomy Reviews, Empirical Tests of Pre-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution Models with Eclipsing Binaries, in press

D. Kipping, G. Torres, L. Buchhave, S. Kenyon, C. Henze, H. Isaacson, R. Kolbl, G. Marcy, S. Bryson, K.G. Stassun, F. Bastien, 2014, ApJ, Discovery of a Transiting Planet Near the Snow-Line, in press

Bastien, F.A., Stassun, K.G., Pepper, J.A. 2014, ApJ, Larger Planet Radii Inferred from Stellar "Flicker" Brightness Variations of Bright Planet Host Stars

Mack, C.E., Schuler, S., Stassun, K.G., Pepper, J., Norris, J. 2014, ApJ, Detailed Abundances of Planet-Hosting Wide Binaries. I. Did Planet Formation Imprint Chemical Signatures in the Atmospheres of HD 20782/81?

M. Paegert, K. G. Stassun, D. M. Burger, 2014, AJ, The EB Factory Project I. A Fast, Neural Net Based, General Purpose Light Curve Classifier Optimized for Eclipsing Binaries

B.L. Kamai, F.J. Vrba, J.R. Stauffer, K.G. Stassun, 2014, AJ, New BVIc Photometry of Low-mass Pleiades Stars: Exploring the Effects of Rotation on Broadband Colors

Ghezzi, L., et al. 2014, AJ, Accurate Atmospheric Parameters at Moderate Resolution Using Spectral Indices: Preliminary Application to the MARVELS Survey, in press

E.V. Garcia, K.G. Stassun, K. Pavlovski, H. Hensberge, Y. Gomez Maqueo Chew, A. Claret, 2014, AJ, A Strict Test of Stellar Evolution Models: The Absolute Dimensions of Massive Benchmark Eclipsing Binary V578 Mon, in press

Kipping, D.M., Bastien, F.A., Stassun, K.G., Chaplin, W.J., Huber, D., Bucchave, L.A. 2014, ApJ, Flicker as a tool for characterizing planets through Asterodensity Profiling

Reipurth, B., Clarke, C.J., Boss, A.P., Goodwin, S.P., Rodriguez, L., Stassun, K.G., Tokovinin, A., Zinnecker, H. 2014, Protostars & Planets VI, Multiplicity in Early Stellar Evolution, in press

Bastien, F., Stassun, K.G., Pepper, J., Wright, J.T., Aigrain, S., Basri, G., Johnson, J.A., Howard, A.W., Walkowicz, L.M. 2014, AJ, Radial Velocity Variations of Photometrically Quiet, Chromospherically Inactive Kepler Stars: A Link Between RV Jitter and Photometric Flicker

Epstein, C., et al. 2014, ApJ, Testing the Asteroseismic Mass Scale Using Metal-Poor Stars Characterized with APOGEE and Kepler

Hayden, M., et al. 2014, AJ, Chemical Cartography with APOGEE: Large-scale Mean Metallicity Maps of the Milky Way Disk

Brothwell, R., et al. 2014, MNRAS, A Window on Exoplanet Dynamical Histories: Rossiter-McLaughlin observations of WASP-13b and WASP-32b

Ahn, C., et al. 2014, ApJS, The Tenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-III Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment

Cranmer, S.R., Bastien, F.A., Stassun, K.G., Saar, S.H. 2014, ApJ, Stellar Granulation as the Source of High-Frequency Flicker in Kepler Light Curves

H. M. Cegla, K. G. Stassun, C. A. Watson, F. A. Bastien, J. Pepper, 2014, ApJ, Estimating Stellar Radial Velocity Variability from Kepler and GALEX: Implications for the Radial Velocity Confirmation of Exoplanets

Beatty, T., Collins, K., Fortney, J., Knutson, H., Gaudi, B.S., Bruns, J., Showman, A., Eastman, J., Pepper, J., Siverd, R., Stassun, K.G., Kielkopf, J. 2014, ApJ, Spitzer and z' Secondary Eclipse Observations of the Highly Irradiated Transiting Brown Dwarf KELT-1b

Collins, K., et al. 2014, AJ, KELT-6b: A P~7.9 d Hot Saturn Transiting a Metal-Poor Star with a Long-Period Companion

Anders, F., et al. 2014, A&A, Chemodynamics of the Milky Way. I. The first year of APOGEE data, in press

Terrien, R., et al. 2014, ApJ, New Red Jewels in Coma Berenices

Cargile, P.A.; James, D.J.; Pepper, J.; Kuhn, R.B.; Siverd, R.; Stassun, K.G. 2014, ApJ,Evaluating Gyrochronology on the Zero-Age-Main-Sequence: Rotation Periods in the Southern Open Cluster Blanco 1 from the KELT-South Survey

Conroy, K.E., Prsa, A., Stassun, K.G., Orosz, J.A., Fabrycky, D.A., Welsh, W.F. 2014, AJ,Kepler Eclipsing Binary Stars. IV. Precise Eclipse Times for Close Binaries and Identification of Candidate Three-Body Systems

Bastien, F., Stassun, K.G., Basri, G., Pepper, J. 2013, Nature, An observational correlation between stellar brightness variations and surface gravity

Bouvier, J., Matt, S., Mohanty, S., Scholz, A., Stassun, K.G., Zanni, C. 2013, Protostars & Planets VI, Angular momentum evolution of young low-mass stars and brown dwarfs: observations and theory, in press

Deshpande, R., et al. 2013, AJ, The SDSS-III APOGEE Radial Velocity Survey of M Dwarfs. I. Description of the Survey and Science Goals

Gomez, Y. et al. 2013, A&A, Discovery of WASP-65b and WASP-75b: Two Hot Jupiters Without Highly Inflated Radii

Burger, D., Stassun, K.G., Pepper, J., Siverd, R.J., Paegert, M., De Lee, N.M., Robinson, W. 2013, Astronomy & Computing, Filtergraph: An Interactive Web Application for Visualization of Astronomy Datasets - There are also audio slides available

J.E. Rodriguez, J. Pepper, K.G. Stassun, R.J. Siverd, P. Cargile, T.G. Beatty, B.S. Gaudi. 2013, AJ, Occultation of the T Tauri Star RW Aurigae A by its Tidally Disrupted Disk

Garcia, E.V., Stassun, K.G., Torres, G. 2013, ApJ, Reanalysis of the Radii of the Benchmark Eclipsing Binary V578 Mon

Pepper, J.A., Siverd, R.J., Beatty, T.G., Gaudi, B.S., Stassun, K.G., et al. 2013, ApJ, KELT-3b: A Hot Jupiter Transiting a V=9.8 Late-F Star

Peng, J., et al. 2013, AJ, Very Low Mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-like Stars From MARVELS IV: A Candidate Brown Dwarf or Low-Mass Stellar Companion to HIP 67526

Aarnio, A.N.; Matt, S.P.; Stassun, K.G. 2013, Astron. Nach., Angular momentum evolution of low-mass pre-main sequence stars via extreme coronal mass ejections

Dhital, S.; West, A.A.; Stassun, K.G.; Law, N.M. 2013, Astron. Nach., The SLoWPoKES catalog of low-mass ultra-wide binaries: A cool stars resource for testing fundamental properties and for constraining binary formation theory

Peters, C., Lopez, L., Ramirez-Ruiz, E., Stassun, K.G., Figueroa-Feliciano, E. 2013, ApJ,Constraining Explosion Type of Young Supernova Remnants Using 24 Micron Emission Morphology

Wright, J., et al. 2013, ApJ, MARVELS-1: A face-on double-lined binary star masquerading as a resonant planetary system; and consideration of rare false positives in radial velocity planet searches

Mack, C.E., Ge, J., Deshpande, R., Wisniewski, J., Stassun, K.G., et al. 2013, AJ, A Cautionary Tale: MARVELS Brown Dwarf Candidate Reveals Itself to be a Very Long Period, Highly Eccentric Spectroscopic Stellar Binary

De Lee, N., et al. 2013, ApJ, Very Low Mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-Like Stars From MARVELS V: A Low Eccentricity Brown Dwarf from the Driest Part of the Desert, MARVELS-6b

Robberto, M., et al. 2013, ApJS, The Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program on the Orion Nebula Cluster

D.L. Foster, P.A. Charles, D.A. Swartz, R. Misra, K.G. Stassun, 2013, MNRAS, Monitoring the Very-Long-Term Variability of X-ray Sources in the Giant Elliptical Galaxy M87

Y. Gomez Maqueo Chew, F. Faedi, P. Cargile, A. P. Doyle, L. Ghezzi, S. Sousa, S.C. C. Barros, L. Hebb, K. Cunha, S.C. Schuler, V. V. Smith, A. Collier Cameron, D. Pollacco, N. C. Santos, B. Smalley, K. G. Stassun, 2013, Astrophysical Journal, The Homogeneous Study of Transiting Systems (HoSTS) I. The Pilot Study of WASP-13

J.G. Bodnarik, D.M. Burger, A. Burger, L.G. Evans, A.M. Parsons, J.S. Schweitzer, R.D. Starr, K.G. Stassun, 2013, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Time-resolved neutron/gamma-ray data acquisition for in situ subsurface planetary geochemistry

Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Hebb, L.; Anderson, D. R.; Cargile, P.; Collier Cameron, A.; Doyle, A. P.; Faedi, F.; Gillon, M.; Gomez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Hellier, C.; Jehin, E.; Maxted, P.; Naef, D.; Pepe, F.; Pollacco, D.; Queloz, D.; Ségransan, D.; Smalley, B.; Stassun, K.; Udry, S.; West, R. G. 2013, Astronomy & Astrophysics, The EBLM project. I. Physical and orbital parameters, including spin-orbit angles, of two low-mass eclipsing binaries on opposite sides of the brown dwarf limit

Ma, B., et al. 2013, Astrophysical Journal, Very Low-mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-like Stars from Marvels III: A Short-Period Brown Dwarf Candidate Around An Active G0Iv Subgiant

Stassun, K.G., Kratter, K.M., Scholz, A., Dupuy, T.J. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, An Empirical Correction for Activity Effects on the Temperatures, Radii, and Estimated Masses of Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs

Aarnio, A., Matt. S., & Stassun, K.G. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Mass loss in pre-main sequence stars via coronal mass ejections and implications for angular momentum loss

Mohanty, S., & Stassun, K.G. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, High-Resolution Spectroscopy during Eclipse of the Young Substellar Eclipsing Binary 2MASS 0535-0546. II. Secondary Spectrum: No Evidence that Spots Cause the Temperature Reversal

Siverd, R., et al. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, KELT-1b: A Strongly Irradiated, Highly Inflated, Short Period, 27 Jupiter-mass Companion Transiting a Mid-F Star

Beatty, T., et al. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, KELT-2Ab: A Hot Jupiter Transiting the Bright (V=8.77) Primary Star of a Binary System


Scandariato, G., Da Rio, N., Robberto, M., Pagano, I., Stassun, K. 2012, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Empirical Near Infrared colors for low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula Cluster

Richardson, M., Hill, F., Stassun, K.G. 2012, Solar Physics, No Evidence Supporting Flare Driven High-Frequency Global Oscillations

Miller, A. A.; Richards, J. W.; Bloom, J. S.; Cenko, S. B.; Silverman, J. M.; Starr, D. L.;Stassun, K. G. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Discovery of Bright Galactic R Coronae Borealis and DY Persei Variables: Rare Gems Mined from ACVS

M. Morales-Calderon, J. R. Stauffer, K. G. Stassun, F. J. Vrba, L. Prato, L. A. Hillenbrand, S. Terebey, K. R. Covey, L. M. Rebull, D. M. Terndrup, R. Gutermuth, I. Song, P. Plavchan, J. M. Carpenter, F. Marchis, E. V. Garc'ia, S. Margheim, K. L. Luhman, J. Angione, and J.M. Irwin. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, YSOVAR: Six pre-main-sequence eclipsing binaries in the Orion Nebula Cluster

C.F. Manara, M. Robberto, N. Da Rio, G. Lodato, L. A. Hillenbrand, K. G. Stassun, D.R. Soderblom, 2012, Astrophysical Journal, HST measures of Mass Accretion Rates in the Orion Nebula Cluster

Fleming, S. et al. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Very Low-mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-like Stars from MARVELS II: A Short-period Companion Orbiting an F Star with Evidence of a Stellar Tertiary And Significant Mutual Inclination

Wisniewski, J. et al. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Very Low-Mass Stellar and Substellar Companions to Solar-Like Stars from MARVELS I: A Low Mass Ratio Stellar Companion to TYC 4110-01037-1 in a 79-day Orbit

J. Pepper, R. Kuhn, R. Siverd, D. James, K.G. Stassun, 2012, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, The KELT-South Telescope

P. Muirhead, J. Johnson, K. Apps, J. Carter, T. Morton, D. Fabrycky, J. Pineda, M. Bottom, B. Rojas-Ayala, E. Schlawin, K. Hamren, K. Covey, J. Crepp, K.G. Stassun, J. Pepper, L. Hebb, E. Kirby, A. Howard, H. Isaacson, G. Marcy, D. Levitan, T. Diaz-Santos, L. Armus, J. Lloyd, 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Characterizing the Cool KOIs III. KOI-961: A Small Star with Large Proper Motion and Three Small Planets

Henderson, C., Stassun, K.G. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Time-Series Photometry of Stars in and around the Lagoon Nebula. I. Rotation Periods of 290 Low-Mass Pre-Main-Sequence Stars in NGC 6530

N. Da Rio, M. Robberto, L. Hillenbrand, T. Henning, K.G. Stassun, 2012, Astrophysical Journal,The Initial Mass Function of the Orion Nebula Cluster across the H-burning limit

S. Dhital, A.A. West, K.G. Stassun, J.J. Bochanski, A.P. Massey, F.A. Bastien, 2012, Astronomical Journal, Refined Metallicity Indices for M Dwarfs Using the SLoWPoKES Catalog of Wide, Low-mass Binaries

Gomez Maqueo Chew, Y., Stassun, K.G., Prsa, A., Stempels, E., Hebb, L., Barnes, R., Heller, R., Mathieu, R.D. 2012, Astrophysical Journal, Luminosity Discrepancy in the Equal-Mass, Pre-Main-Sequence Eclipsing Binary Par 1802: Non-Coevality or Tidal Heating?

Bastien, F., Stassun, K.G., Weintraub, D. 2011, Astronomical Journal, High Cadence Time-Series Photometry of V1647 Orionis

LeBlanc, T., Covey, K., Stassun, K.G. 2011, Astronomical Journal, Spectral Energy Distributions of Young Stars in IC 348: The Role of Disks in Angular Momentum Evolution of Young, Low-Mass Stars

Prsa, A., Pepper, J., Stassun, K.G. 2011, Astronomical Journal, Expected Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Yield of Eclipsing Binary Stars

Garcia, E.V., Stassun, K.G., Hebb, L., Gomez Maqueo Chew, Y., Heiser, A. 2011, Astronomical Journal, Apsidal Motion of the Massive, Benchmark Eclipsing Binary V578 Mon

Hebb, L., Cegla, H.M., Stassun, K.G., Stempels, H.C., Cargile, P.A., Palladino, L.E. 2011, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Precise Orbit Solution of MML 53, a Low-Mass, Pre-Main Sequence Eclipsing Binary in Upper Centaurus Lupus

Meibom, S., Mathieu, R.D., Stassun, K.G., Liebesny, P., & Saar, S. 2011, Astrophysical Journal,The Color-Period Diagram and Stellar Rotational Evolution -- New Rotation Period Measurements in the Open Cluster M34

Eisenstein et al. 2011, Astronomical Journal, SDSS-III: Massive Spectroscopic Surveys of the Distant Universe, the Milky Way, and Extra-Solar Planetary Systems

Fleming, S., Maxted, P., Hebb, L., Stassun, K.G., Ge, J., Cargile, P., Ghezzi, L., De Lee, N., Wisniewski, J., Gary, B., Porto de Mello, G., Ferreira, L., Zhao, B., Anderson, D., Wan, X., Hellier, C., Guo, P., West, R., Mahadevan, S., Pollacco, D., Lee, B., Collier Cameron, A., van Eyken, J., Skillen, I., Crepp, J., Nguyen, D., Kane, S., Paegert, M., da Costa, L., Maia, M., Santiago, B. 2011, Astronomical Journal, Eclipsing Binary Science Via the Merging of Transit and Doppler Exoplanet Survey Data -- A Case Study With the MARVELS Pilot Project and SuperWASP

M. Povich, N. Smith, S. Majewski, K. Getman, L. Townsley, B. Babler, P. Broos, R. Indebetouw, M. Meade, T. Robitaille, K.G. Stassun, B. Whitney, Y. Yonekura, Y. Fukui 2011, Astrophysical Journal, A Pan-Carina YSO Catalog: Intermediate-Mass Young Stellar Objects in the Carina Nebula Identified Via Mid-Infrared Excess Emission

Wolk, S., Broos, P., Getman, K., Feigelson, E., Preibisch, T., Townsley, L., Wang, J., Stassun, K.G., King, R., McCaughrean, M., Moffat, A., Zinnecker, H., 2011, Astrophysical Journal, The Chandra Carina Complex Project View of Trumpler 16

Feigelson, E., Getman, K., Townsley, L., Broos, P., Povich, M., Garmire, G., King, R., Montmerle, T., Preibisch, T., Smith, N., Stassun, K.G., Wang, J., Wolk, S., Zinnecker, H. 2011, Astrophysical Journal, X-ray Star Clusters in the Carina Complex

Wang, J., Feigelson, E., Townsley, L., Broos, P., Getman, K., Wolk, S., Preibisch, T., Stassun, K.G., Moffat, A., Garmire, G., King, R., McCaughrean, M., Zinnecker, H. 2011, Astrophysical Journal, A Chandra ACIS Study of the Young Star Cluster Trumpler 15 in Carina and Correlation with Near-infrared Sources

Townsley, L., et al. 2011, Astrophysical Journal, An Introduction to the Chandra Carina Complex Project

Stassun, K.G., Sturm, S., Holley-Bockelmann, K., Burger, A., Ernst, D., & Webb, D. 2011, American Journal of Physics, The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program: Recognizing, enlisting, and cultivating unrealized or unrecognized potential in underrepresented minority students

Lee, B., Ge, J., Fleming, S.W., Stassun, K.G., et al. 2011, Astrophysical Journal, MARVELS-1b: A Short-Period, Brown Dwarf Desert Candidate from the SDSS-III MARVELS Planet Search

Aarnio, A.N., Stassun, K.G., Hughes, W.J., McGregor, S.L. 2011, Solar Physics, Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections: A Statistically Determined Flare Flux-CME Mass Correlation

Dhital, S., Burgasser, A., Looper D., Stassun, K.G. 2011, Astronomical Journal, Resolved Spectroscopy of M Dwarf/L Dwarf Binaries. IV. Discovery of an M9 + L6 BInary Separated by Over 100 AU


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