On the next podcast, we talk with astronomer Rachael Roettenbacher, who was awarded the 2017 Olivier Chesneau Prize for her doctoral thesis entitled “Shifting the Starspot Paradigm through Imaging Magnetic Structures and Evolution” where Rachael studied starspots on Zeta Andromedae. The Olivier Chesneau Prize commemorates astronomer Olivier Chesneau and is awarded for the best PhD thesis in High Angular Resolution Astronomy.
Rachael is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm University in Sweden and obtained her PhD at the University of Michigan. We interview Rachael at Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Rachael discusses her career path, her work in imaging the surfaces of spotted stars and more.