Associate Professor of Astronomy
Professor Jensen's area of specialization is planet formation and, more broadly, astrobiology or the study of the origin and distribution of life in the cosmos. His current research focuses the observations of young stars whose ages (1-100 million years) suggest that they may be in the process of forming planets. He also studies protoplanetary disks around young single and binary stars and is interested in planet formation and whether such planets would be habitable.
Professor Jensen has published numerous articles in scholarly journals including the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal.
He received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.