Travis S. Metcalfe

Senior Research Scientist
Boulder, CO


Ph.D. Univ. of Texas at Austin

As an undergraduate in astronomy and physics at the University of Arizona, Travis dabbled in research on a wide variety of topics, including: dark matter, brown dwarfs, eclipsing binary stars, pulsar planets, and near-earth asteroids. As a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin he did a PhD thesis on white dwarf asteroseismology, building his own specialized Linux cluster and developing a sophisticated computational method to squeeze precious information out of the data. As a postdoc in Denmark and then at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, he built upon these successes by extending the method to Sun-like stars. He came to Boulder in 2004 as an NSF Fellow at the High Altitude Observatory where he was hired as a staff scientist in 2006. His recent work includes asteroseismology of solar-type stars with the Kepler satellite, and a southern ground-based survey of chromospheric activity cycles. At SSI, Travis is leading a project to prepare the Asteroseismic Modeling Portal for future observations of the brightest stars in the sky using the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). He recently initiated a ground-based survey of magnetic evolution in sun-like stars using the Las Cumbres Observatory global telescope network.