Haynes StephensGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Planetary Science and Habitability

I’m a first-year graduate student at the University of Chicago, pursuing a PhD in Geophysics. I earned my BA in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2018, and came to UChicago that same year.

I want to learn more about the environmental conditions of rocky planets and moons, exploring which conditions might be capable of giving rise to life and/or helping it survive.

As of now, I am hoping to get involved few outreach efforts. I plan on joining a Python Club that helps kids at a local school learn how to code. I also plan on volunteering at a local animal shelter, as well as I participating in the occasional community cleanup.

Selected Works
Meech, K., Kleyna, J., Hainaut, O., Micheli, M., Bauer, J., Denneau, L., Keane, J., Stephens, H., Jedicke, R., Wainscoat, R., Weryk, R., Flewelling, H., Schunová-Lilly, E., Magnier, E. and Chambers, K. (2017). CO-driven Activity in Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS). The Astrophysical Journal, 849, p.L8.

H. Stephens (2018). Confirming Black Hole Candidates231st American Astronomical Society Meeting.

H. Stephens (2017). Chasing Manxes: Long-Period Comets Without Significant Tails. 49th Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting.