I'm Thea Kozakis, a recent PhD from Cornell University currently working as a post doc at the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark with the exoplanet group. My thesis, "Last Call For Life: Habitability of Terrestrial Planets Orbiting Red Giants and White Dwarfs", focused on combining stellar evolution and astrobiology to student planetary habitability for systems with hosts of a variety of masses and ages. This work was supported by the Carl Sagan Institute, where I worked with the institute's director, Lisa Kaltenegger. Although my primary research interest is exoplanet habitability and origins of life, I'm interested in a variety of different areas in astronomy research! My undergraduate thesis work was done with Joe Carson at the College of Charleston on direct imaging of exoplanets around high-mass stars, and in my early years of graduate school I studied the age-rotation-activity relationship of Kepler field stars with Jamie Lloyd.
To learn more about me and the work that I've done/am doing please take a look at the links above/below! Don't hesistate to contact me with any thoughts/questions/ideas/etc.
The beautiful cover art shown above is an artist's conception of my white dwarf habitability research made by another Carl Sagan Institute PhD recipient, Jack Madden. You can find out more about his space art and exoplanet research here!