jjhermes [at] unc.edu
JJ Hermes, Dept. of Physics
University of North Carolina
Phillips Hall -- CB# 3255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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I am a Hubble Fellow based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focused on high-precision studies of the endpoints of stellar, binary, and planetary evolution. Click here for more information on my research interests. Most recently, I have focused on observing variable white dwarfs with the Kepler space telescope; for more information, visit k2wd.org.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2013, where I was fortunate to spend more than 220 nights at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas. My first postdoc was spent at the University of Warwick in central England, where I was privileged to use instruments mounted on telescopes spread across the planet, including ULTRACAM on the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope on the island of La Palma and ULTRASPEC on the 2.4m telescope of the Thai National Observatory on Doi Inthanon in Thailand. Nowadays I regularly use the Goodman Spectrograph on the 4.1m SOAR telescope on Cerro Pachón in Chile.
I have also worked as a journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan from June 2006 to May 2007 and for a year as a reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C. I maintain a Web site of primary documents I have collected over the years at www.fretna.org.