Physics & Astronomy

Karen Magee-Sauer

Professor & Interim Dean, CSM

Karen Magee-Sauer


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Field: Planetary Science Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer's research field is in planetary sciences studying the composition of comets through high spectral resolution spectroscopy. She collaborates with scientists in the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Magee-Sauer primarily studies the composition and behavior of comets by observing the infrared emission of cometary molecules. She uses the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the Keck II telescope both atop of Mauna Kea (14,000 ft) on the Big Island of Hawaii to detect parent molecules in comets. Undergraduate students are involved in all aspects of this research and present their work at national conferences highlighting undergraduate research.

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