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Dr. Ariel Graykowski

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Dr. Ariel Graykowski is a dynamic force in the realm of space exploration, currently serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SETI Institute with a specialized focus on the astronomy of small bodies. Her passion for unlocking the mysteries of the cosmos has led her to the forefront of research, where she leads Unistellar's comet campaign, collaborating closely with citizen scientists to monitor cometary activity.

Ariel's academic journey is a testament to her dedication to the field. She earned her PhD in geophysics and space physics from UCLA's EPSS department, where she delved into the properties of the irregular satellites of the giant planets and the fascinating world of fragmenting comets. Her time at UCLA was not only marked by academic excellence but also by a spirited loyalty to her alma mater - "Go Bruins!"

Prior to her doctoral studies, Ariel laid the foundation for her stellar career at UC Davis, where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in physics, emphasizing in astrophysics. As an undergraduate, she demonstrated an insatiable curiosity about the universe and a remarkable aptitude for unraveling its complexities - qualities that continue to define her work today. Her time at UC Davis was not only marked by academic achievements but also by a strong sense of pride in her university - "Go Ags!"

In her role at the SETI Institute, Ariel Graykowski is not just exploring the outer reaches of our solar system; she is bridging the gap between professional researchers and the wider community, inviting all to participate in the exciting journey of discovery. With her leadership, Unistellar's comet campaign promises to unveil new insights into these celestial wanderers, opening windows to the ancient stories written in the stars. Dr. Ariel Graykowski stands as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring scientists everywhere, reminding us all of the endless possibilities that await in the vast expanse of the cosmos.


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