About Me

I am a PhD student at Boston University studying Astronomy. My research focuses on characterizing low mass stars and the exoplanets that orbit them. In particular, I study the composition of M dwarf stars and how that relates to the types of planets that form around them. I am also interested in instrumentation, the design and development of scientific instruments used for astronomical observations.



I work with Professor Philip Muirhead and the Muirhead Group. Below are a few of my research interests.


the NIR Echelle for Wideband Spectroscopy

We have developed an optical and mechanical design for NEWS (formerly known as HiJaK), a high-resolution NIR spectrograph for the Discovery Channel Telescope. Check out our latest SPIE Proceedings for an overview of the optical design and science drivers.

Planetary Nebulae in M31

As an undergraduate at the University of Washington I studied planetary nebulae (PNe) in M31 with data from the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT). A catalog of HST observations of M31 PNe in the PHAT footprint is available in our ApJ paper.
Image Credit and Copyright: Lorenzo Comolli


All publications on ADS

Selected Publications

Veyette, M. J., et al. (2016). NEWS: the near-infrared Echelle for wideband spectroscopy. Proceedings of the SPIE, 9908, 99086M

Veyette, M. J., Muirhead, P., Mann, A., Allard, F. (2016). The physical mechanism behind M dwarf metallicity indicators and the role of C and O abundances. ApJ, 828, 95

Dalba, P. et al. (2015). The Transit Transmission Spectrum of a Cold Gas Giant Planet. ApJ, 814, 154

Girardi, L. et al. (2015). TP-AGB stars in M31: Results from PHAT. ASP Conference Series, 497, 413

Veyette, M. J., Dalcanton, J. J., Williams, B. F., et al. (2014). Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury IX: A Photometric Survey of Planetary Nebulae in M31. ApJ, 792, 121

Muirhead, P. S., Hall, Z. J., & Veyette, M. J. (2014). HiJaK: the High-resolution J, H and K spectrometer. Proceedings of the SPIE, 9147, 91477T


Small Stars, Smaller Planets, Big Computing — MGHPCC newsletter about my research on M dwarf compositions.

TRAPPIST-1 Discovery Holds Promise for BU Atronomers — An article in BU's The Daily Free Press about the TRAPPIST-1 discovery, featuring some quotes by me.

BU’s Shared Computing Cluster: Results Hundreds of Times Faster — BU Today article about Paul Dalba's work on giant (exo)planet transit transmission spectroscopy, a paper I am co-author on.

Looking Like an Alien! — MGHPCC newsletter written by Paul Dalba about his work.

Contact Me

I can be contacted through the form below or via email: mveyette |a|t| bu |dot| edu