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Postgraduate Student

Daniela Opitz

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Education: 

  • B.Sc in Astronomy. University of Chile 2011

  • Associate Degree in Sciences. University of Chile 2006

 

Research Interests: 

 

My thesis project focuses on the study of the coolest Y-type brown dwarfs in the Solar Neighborhood using adaptive optics techniques. One of my main aims is to carry out precision astrometry (enabling distance measurements) for these very faint objects. Besides I am interested in exoplanetary science, stellar physics and stellar magnetic activity.

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 

 
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Best Student Poster, Runner Up. The Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Meeting (Book Prize). 2014

  • The best "psychedelic" image. AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop. 2014

  • UNSW Exoplanetary Science PhD Top-Up Scholarship (AUD $6,000 per year). 2013-2016

  • Fulbright Grant Semi-Finalist 2011

  • Claudio Vicuna Award. University of Chile (Outstanding undergraduate student, US $600 per year). 2009-2010

  • Moises Mellado Award. University of Chile (Outstanding undergraduate student, US $400 per year).2007-2009

  • Bicentenario Undergraduate Award. Ministry of Education of Chile (US $2,000 per year). 2004-2010

 

GRANTS

  • International Astronomical Union (IAU). Travel grant to IAU XXIX General Assembly, Hawaii, USA 2015 (US $750).

  • The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)Travel grant to IAU XXIX General Assembly, Hawaii, USA 2015 (AUD $1,000).

  • PRSS Conference Travel Funds. Travel grant to Cool Stars 18, Flagstaff, USA 2014 (AUD $3,300).

  • The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA). Travel grant to Woman in Astronomy, Perth, Australia 2013 (AUD $500).

  • The Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS). Travel grant to I Annual Meeting Between The Chilean Astronomical Society and Argentina Astronomical Association, San Juan, Argentina 2010 (US $250).

  • UNESCO. Travel grant to II Ibero-American School of Astrobiology for Grad Students, Uruguay 2009 (Registration fee + accommodation)

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)

 

 

Selected Publications: 

  • Opitz. D & Tinney. CSearching for Binary Y dwarfs with the Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System (GeMS). 2015, ApJ, 819, 17

  • Opitz. D & Gallardo. J Lithium Depletion Boundary Under Rotation And Spots Coverage 2011, BAAA93O