Kyle Kaplan

Research Associate

Phone: (650) 604-5881
Fax (650) 604-1984

Mailing Address:
SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop N232-12
P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

SOFIA focus areas/responsibilities:

GREAT instrument support

Research interests:

My research interests focus on studying the interstellar medium, specifically Photodissociation Regions and Planetary Nebulae, with high resolution spectroscopy.


PhD: University of Texas at Austin 2017, PhD Advisors Harriet Dinnerstein and Dan Jaffe

B.Sc. University of California, Santa Cruz 2010

Professional Experience:

2019 - present:   SOFIA Research Associate, SOFIA Science Center

2017-2019:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona

Highlight publications:

Kaplan, K. F., Dinerstein, H. L., Oh, H., Mace, G. N., et al. “Excitation of Molecular Hydrogen in the Orion Bar Photodissociation Region From a Deep Near-Infrared IGRINS Spectrum” 2017, ApJ, 838, 152

Kaplan, K. F., Jogee, S., Kewley, L., Blanc, G. A., et al. “The VIRUS-P Exploration of Nearby Galaxies (VENGA): spatially resolved gas-phase metallicity distributions in barred and unbarred spirals” 2016, MNRAS, 462, 1642

Kaplan, K. F., Prochaska J. X. Herbert-Fort, S. Ellison, S., Dessauges-Zavadsky, M. H I “Column Densities, Metallicities, and Dust Extinction of Metal-Strong Damped Lyα Systems” 2010, PASP, 122, 619