About me

As an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Exeter, I use leading ground- and space-based observatories with the goal of obtaining direct images and spectroscopy of extrasolar planetary systems. Download a pdf version of my CV here.


Since late 2015, I have been leading, organising, and managing a team of 120 international astronomers to be among the first users of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and I am the Principal Investigator for our approved 54-hour Early Release Science program. I am also the PI for an approved 24-hour Cycle 1 Program with the goal of identifying the planets responsible for sculpting a set of debris disks characterized by ALMA.


I have also led one of the largest-ever high-contrast surveys for exoplanets using coronagraphy and adaptive optics at the W.M. Keck Observatory Caltech. An early discovery can be found here.


During my PhD training, and while a NASA Sagan and an NSF Postdoctoral Prize Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, I was responsible for designing, building, and commissioning an infrared imaging spectrometer for Palomar Observatory that successfully returned low resolution spectroscopy of planetary mass companions.

CV and Publications

Download a pdf version of my CV here.

A list of my publications via ADS can be found here.


email: S.Hinkley AT exeter DOT ac.uk
office: Physics 414
mail: Physics Department
Stocker Road
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4QL