Abstract: The study of stars and planets in our galaxy has been revolutionized over the past decades by a flood of high-precision data from ground-based spectroscopic surveys such as APOGEE and LAMOST, as well as space telescopes such as Kepler/K2, TESS and Gaia. In this talk I will discuss recent discoveries enabled by these datasets in three interconnected science areas: the study of stellar structure and evolution using asteroseismology, the large-scale determination of ages for galactic stellar populations, and the inference of exoplanet compositions and demographics using transit and radial velocity surveys. I will also discuss future prospects for stellar-exoplanet synergies using next-generation ground and space-based facilities such as the Keck Planet Finder and the Roman Space Telescope.
Bio: Prof. Huber was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, and earned his PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, Australia. Following postdoctoral positions at NASA's Ames Research Center and the University of Sydney he joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy in 2017. Huber is broadly interested in the fundamental properties of stars and stelar populations in our galaxy, including the discovery and characterization of exoplanets. He is the former co-chair of the Stellar Properties Working Group for the NASA Kepler Mission, a steering committee member of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium (TASC) and member of the TESS Spectroscopic Steering Committee. He is the recipient of a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the University of Hawaii Regents Medal for Excellence in Research.