B.S, Astronomy & Physics2012, University of Washington
M.S, Astronomy2015, New Mexico State University
Ph.D, Astronomy2017, New Mexico State University
Dr. Laura C. Mayorga is professional staff at APL. She is an astronomer whose research focuses on understanding the atmospheres and surfaces of extrasolar planets. At APL she works with several planetary mission instruments to conduct studies of solar system objects as exoplanet analogs. Her pioneer efforts with using Cassini observations of the Jupiter system inform direct imaging mission requirements for the detection and characterization of exoplanets. She also has expertise in atmospheric simulations of giant planets and measuring the orbital phase curves of transiting exoplanets with TESS, Kepler, HST, and JWST.
Notable Awards and Leadership
|Chambliss Achievement Student Award from The American Astronomical Society
|NSF GRFP Fellow
|New Mexico Higher Education Department Graduate Scholarship