Small Stars with Small Planets and Big Consequences
Philip Muirhead



The field of extrasolar planets is rapidly evolving. The quest to discover ever-more and ever-smaller exoplanets has pushed the field in two primary detections: 1) toward a comprehensive assessment of the frequency and statistics of various types of exoplanets--used as a guide for planet formation and evolution theories--and 2) toward characterizing the composition, atmosphere and evolution of individual exoplanets as though they were planets in our own Solar System. I will discuss the importance of low-mass stars in this context, emphasizing the phenomenal results from NASA's Kepler Mission, and our efforts to discover and characterize nearby terrestrial exoplanets orbiting low-mass stars with existing and novel instrumentation.