Natalie Hinkel – photo credit: ScottBall-TheRivardReport-July2019


  • B.A. in Physics, minor in Math, at Oberlin College (2005)
  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Arizona State University (2012)


Research Interests:

  • Stellar abundance analysis for nearby main-sequence stars, including investigation of measurement techniques and methodologies.
  • Study of the chemical interplay between exoplanets and their host stars
  • Investigation of M-dwarf abundances, below and above (via balloon and satellite missions) the atmosphere, in order to classify their rocky planets
  • Architect and maintainer of the Hypatia Catalog Database:
  • Computational astrophysics and machine learning algorithms, specifically using Python
  • Transit ephemeris refinement of known exoplanets
  • Science communicator via TEDxNashville, TEDxSanAntonio, local ComicCons, podcasts, online interviews and articles (+150,000 views), YouTube Channel