Brief Bio


I am a Plaskett Fellow at the National Research Council Canada Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria, BC.   Previously, I was a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHIfA), where I received my M.Sc. and Ph.D.  Before that, I was an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria.

My research interests lie in understanding planet formation.  My PhD work focused on submillimeter wavelength interferometric observations of protoplanetary disks in the Orion Nebula Cluster with the Submillimeter Array (SMA).  These observations were aimed towards understanding the fundamental properties of protoplanetary disks and the potential to form planets in the most common birthplace of stars: a hostile, massive star forming region.  

I am the Principal Investigator of approved Cycle 0 and Cycle 1 projects with the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study protoplanetary disks in the Orion Nebula. These observations will exploit ALMA’s Early Science capabilities to perform the most sensitive and large-scale study of protoplanetary disks in Orion at submillimeter wavelengths, surveying 300 young stars, including ~75% of all known Hubble Space Telescope identified disks in the region.  See ALMA Science and Press Release on the Orion Proplyds.

Rita K. Mann



Phone: +1-250-363-3246

Fax : +1-250-363-0045

Address: National Research Council Canada

Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

5071 West Saanich Road

Victoria, BC CANADA V9E 2E7