The picture at right is of a summer thunderstorm over the desert during an observing run at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Kitt Peak

Fabienne A. Bastien

Assistant Professor

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Pennsylvania State University

525 Davey Lab

University Park, PA 16802

fxb21 at psu dot edu

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds

About Me:
I am an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University and a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds. My research focuses on studying stellar brightness variations, particularly those of Sun-like stars. I seek to determine the physical drivers of these variations and to use this information to both improve our understanding of stellar astrophysics and facilitate exoplanet discovery and characterization.

My work covers a variety of topics, including exoplanet surveys, the influence of stellar magnetic activity on exoplanet habitability, the evolution of stellar variability and planetary systems with age, the application of statistical and data analysis techniques to large datasets of stellar light curves, and, of course, stellar characterization and variability in general.