William O. Balmer

wobalmer@gmail.com | www.astrowill.page | ORCID: 0000-0001-6396-8439


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | 2021-present

Amherst College, Amherst MA | 2017-2021


Extrasolar Planetary Systems Imaging Group, Space Telescope Science Institute | Baltimore, MD | June 2021 – present

Graduate Research Assistant

Follette Lab, Amherst College | Amherst, MA | 2018 – present

Undergraduate Research Assistant- Dr. Kate Follette

SIOS Lab, Cornell University | Ithaca, NY | June 2020 – August 2020

Research Assistant- Dr. Dmitry Savransky

Physics and Astronomy Department, Amherst College | Amherst, MA | Sept 2019 – May 2021

Teaching Assistant, Grading Assistant, Amherst College Observatory (ACO) operator


The orbit and Hα variability of HD 142527B” STScI Spring Symposium, April 19th-24th, 2021

Adolescent astronomy: Planet formation, Direct imaging, and early-career astronomy research” UMass Astronomy Club, April 20th, 2021

Drums in the Deep: constraining the orbit and photometric variability of the chasm-carving M-dwarf HD 142527B” AAS 237th meeting, Jan 13th, 2021

Exploring the Transition Disk Population with a public facing database” AAS 235th meeting, Jan 7th, 2020


Follette, … Balmer et al. (in prep.)

Balmer et al. (in prep.)


Owen Fellowship Award (2021-present)

Chambliss Student Poster Award Honorable Mention, AAS 237th meeting (2021)

Charles Hamilton Houston Program (2020)

Gregory S. Call Award (2019)

Sarles Fellow, Sarles Science Research Fund (2018)

Press and Reporting

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Academic interests include planetary formation, circumstellar disk evolution, and direct imaging techniques. Self published two text-adventure games: You are petting a cat, and Fly Trap

Additional Experience/Volunteer Work/etc

Science communication - Astronomy Editor, Amherst STEM Network | October 2019 – present

Science communication - Writer, personal blog | June 2018 – present

Director/Producer - “LOL: A Modern Computer Farce” at the Shoebox Theater | June 2016

Data Science Skills