As the son of a children’s book author and illustrator, Asa Stahl developed a love of stories from a young age and worked as a freelance editor of fiction throughout his teenage years. When he took his first physics class in high school, though, he found the stories his textbook told about the universe more compelling than any novel he’d read.
He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Physics as well as a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award. Currently a PhD student in Astrophysics at Rice University, Asa searches for planets around newborn stars. His research seeks to answer questions like just how rare is a planet like the Earth? And how did we get here?