Professor Rice’s research focuses on the astrophysical properties of the lowest mass stars, gas giant planets around nearby stars, and brown dwarfs, which are intermediate between stars and planets. She leads the research group BDNYC (Brown Dwarfs in New York City) with Prof. Kelle Cruz (Hunter College) and Dr. Jackie Faherty (AMNH). Her research methods combine observational and synthetic spectroscopy in order to infer the physical properties of these objects from state-of-the-art atmosphere models.

In addition to research and teaching, Professor Rice is committed to outreach and communicating science to the public. She presents public shows at the Hayden Planetarium at AMNH, organizes Astronomy on Tap (AoT) events at NYC bars, coordinates AoT locations worldwide, and co-founded the astronomy fashion blog STARtorialist. She is also co-author of Astronomy Labs: A Concept-Oriented Approach, a suite of 40 lab activities for introductory astronomy.

Professor Rice grew up in Rochester, NY and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA with Professor Ian S. McLean and was a postdoctoral researcher for two years with Rebecca Oppenheimer at the American Museum of Natural History before joining the faculty at the College of Staten Island.


Ph.D., UCLA (Astronomy & Astrophysics)

M.S., UCLA (Astronomy & Astrophysics)

B.S., University of Pittsburgh (Physics &Astronomy)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh (German)

Scholarship / Publications

GPI Spectroscopy of the Mass, Age, and Metallicity Benchmark Brown Dwarf HD 4747 B. Crepp, Justin R.; Principe, David A.; Wolff, Schuyler; Giorla Godfrey, Paige A.; Rice, Emily L.; Cieza, Lucas; Pueyo, Laurent; Bechter, Eric B.; Gonzales, Erica J. The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 853, Issue 2, article id. 192, 11 pp. (2018).

Meeting the Cool Neighbors. XII. An Optically Anchored Analysis of the Near-infrared Spectra of L Dwarfs. Cruz, Kelle L.; Núñez, Alejandro; Burgasser, Adam J.; Abrahams, Ellianna; Rice, Emily L.; Reid, I. Neill; Looper, Dagny. The Astronomical Journal, Volume 155, Issue 1, article id. 34, 47 pp. (2018).

LACEwING: A New Moving Group Analysis Code. Riedel, Adric R.; Blunt, Sarah C.; Lambrides, Erini L.; Rice, Emily L.; Cruz, Kelle L.; Faherty, Jacqueline K., The Astronomical Journal, Volume 153, Issue 3, article id. 95, 36 pp. (2017).

Discovery of a Substellar Companion to the Nearby Debris Disk Host HR 2562. Konopacky, Quinn M.; Rameau, Julien; Duchêne, Gaspard; Filippazzo, Joseph C.; Giorla Godfrey, Paige A.; Marois, Christian; Nielsen, Eric L.; Pueyo, Laurent; Rafikov, Roman R.; Rice, Emily L.; Wang, Jason J.; et al. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 829, Issue 1, article id. L4, 7 pp. (2016).

Fundamental Parameters and Spectral Energy Distributions of Young and Field Age Objects with Masses Spanning the Stellar to Planetary Regime. Filippazzo, J. C.; Rice, E. L.; Faherty, J.; Cruz, K. L.; Van Gordon, M. M.; Looper, D. L., The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 810, Issue 2, article id. 158, 46 pp. (2015).

A New Method for Characterizing Very Low-Mass Companions with Low-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Rice, E. L.; Oppenheimer, R.; Zimmerman, N.; Roberts, L. C.; Hinkley, S. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 127, issue 951, pp.479-498 (2015).

Direct Spectrum of the Benchmark T Dwarf HD 19467.  Crepp, J. R.; Rice, E. L.; Veicht, A.; Aguilar, J.; Pueyo, L.; Godfrey (Giorla), P.; 15 additional co-authors. Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 798, Issue 2, article id. L43, 6 pp. (2015).

2MASS J035523.37+113343.7: A Young, Dusty, Nearby, Isolated Brown Dwarf Resembling a Giant Exoplanet. Faherty, J. K.; Rice, E. L.; Cruz, K. L.; Mamajek, E. E.; Núñez, A. Astronomical Journal, Volume 145, Issue 1, article id. 2, 11 pp. (2013).

Last Updated: 02.28.2018