Natalie Batalha

Contact Information
Title: 
Researcher
Phone: 
(650)604-1133
Email : 
Natalie.M.Batalha@nasa.gov
Professional Background
Professional Biography: 
Dr. Batalha joined the faculty at San Jose State University in 2002 as Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy. She has been affiliated with NASA Ames Research Center since 2000 where she conducts research on extrasolar planet detection and stellar astrophysics.

As Director of the Systems Teaching Institute at the NASA Research Park (http://uarc.ucsc.edu/sti), Dr. Batalha is responsible for creating programs and resources for students pursuing careers in fields relevant to the mission of NASA Ames Research Center.
Education: 
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz; Astrophysics; December 1997
M.S. Observatorio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Astrophysics; August 1992
B.S. University of California, Berkeley; Physics and Astronomy; May 1989
Select Publications: 
Batalha, Natalie M.; Borucki, W. J.; Brown, T. M.; Bryson, S. T.; Caldwell, D. A.; Everett, M. E.; Jenkins, J. M.; Koch, D. G.; Latham, D. W., "Selection and Prioritization of Targets for the Kepler Mission", AAS 211, 135.16 (2008)

Borucki, W. J.; Koch, D. G.; Lissauer, J.; Basri, G.; Brown, T.; Caldwell, D. A.; Jenkins, J. M.; Caldwell, J. J.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J.; Cochran, W. D.; Dunham, E. W.; Gautier, T. N.; Geary, J. C.; Latham, D.; Sasselov, D.; Gilliland, R. L.; Howell, S.; Monet, D. G.; Batalha, N., "KEPLER Mission Status", Proceedings of the conference held 25-28 September, 2006 at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. Edited by C. Afonso, D. Weldrake, and Th. Henning. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, p.309 (2007)

Batalha, Natalie M.; Borucki, W.; Caldwell, D. A.; Chandrasekaran, H.; Gautier, T. N.; Jenkins, J.; Koch, D. G., "Optimization of the Kepler Field of View", AAS 209, 210.08; BAAS Vol. 38, p.1188 (2006)

C. Batalha, N. Batalha, S. Alencar, D. Lopes, E. Duarte, "Variability of Southern T Tauri Stars (VASTT) III. The Continuum Flux Changes of the TW Hydrae Bright Spot", Astrophysical Journal, 580, 343, (2002).

N.M. Batalha, J. Jenkins, G.S. Basri, W.J. Borucki, D. G. Koch, Stellar Variability and its Implications for Photometric Planet Detection, Proceedings of the First Eddington Workshop: Stellar Structure and Habitable Planet Finding, Cordoba, Spain, 11-17 June 2001, edited by F. Favata, I.W. Roxburgh, D. Galadi, ESTEC, Noorwijk, The Netherlands (ESA SP-485), 35.

N.M. Batalha, C.C. Batalha, G.S. Basri, Accretion-Induced Lithium Line Enhancements in Classical T Tauri Stars: RW Aur, Astrophysical Journal 532, 474 (2000).

N.M. Batalha, S.S. Vogt, Doppler Imaging Results of Pleiades ZAMS Stars: HII 686 and HII 3163, Astrophysical Journal supplement Series 123, 251 (1999).

C.C. Batalha, D.F. Lopes, N.M Batalha, VASTI I: The Continuum and the H-beta Inverse Pcygni Profiles of GQ Lupi, Astrophysical Journal 548, 377 (2001).

E.W. Guenther, G. Torres, N.M Batalha, V. Joergens, R. Neuhauser, J. Vijapurkar, M. Fernandez, R. Mundt, RXJ1603.83938: A Surprising pre-Main Sequence Spectrscopic Binary, Astronomy & Astrophysics 366, 965 (2001).
Other Information
NASA Missions: 
She is a co-Investigator for NASA's Kepler Mission (http://kepler.nasa.gov). Kepler is a NASA Discovery mission whose objective is to identify and characterize habitable, earth-like planets orbiting sun-like stars.