Will Best

Graduate Student, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai'i


I'm a third-year student at the IfA in Honolulu. I'm interested in almost everything astronomical, but especially brown dwarfs, protoplanetary disks, planet and star formation, and exoplanets.

I'm currently working on two research projects. With Mike Liu, I'm searching for brown dwarfs at the L/T transition in large survey catalogs, particularly Pan-STARRS and WISE. I also work with Jonathan Williams, investigating the gas content of protoplanetary disks and how it changes as the disks evolve.

I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Geneva, Switzerland. After getting my undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Haverford College, I decided to try high school teaching for a couple of years. That quickly turned into fifteen wonderful years at Punahou School, plus a couple of years traveling and living in Boulder, CO. Now I've returned to my first love, astronomy, where I'm enjoying research and the daily intellectual stretch and the chance to do a lot of coding!

Please explore these pages, such as they are, using the links at the top of the page. You can find my CV here.