Asst. Prof. Leslie Rogers studies the nature, formation, and evolution of exoplanets that are the size of Neptune or smaller. Using theoretical and numerical studies, she determines whether these planets are rocky bodies, mini-Neptunes, or water worlds, quantifying how often each type of planet occurs.
She is the recipient of both a Hubble and a Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship from NASA as well as a RCSA Cottrell Scholar Award. Asst. Prof. Rogers served on the Hubble Space Telescope Exoplanet Advisory Committee and on the Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) Science and Technology Definition Team, which supported one of the four large-scale space mission concepts being considered by NASA for launch in the 2030s.