Benjamin Shappee

Assistant Professor

Institute for Astronomy

University of Hawai'i

Curriculum Vitae

My complete entry in ADS

Research Interests

Observational and theoretical astrophysics, with an emphasis on optical surveys, Type Ia supernovae progenitors, the dynamics of few-body systems, and the transient universe.

I am involved in many observational projects, but most notably, I am a founding member of the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN or "assassin"). This is the first survey to scan the entire sky for transient objects in real-time and is currently the leading discoverer of Supernovae brighter than 17th magnitude.


Who Am I?

I am assistant professor at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. I was a Hubble, Carnegie-Princeton Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, CA. I completed my graduate education at the Department of Astronomy of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with thesis advisor Prof. Kris Stanek. I was an undergraduate at Rutgers where I worked with Prof. Saurabh Jha. For high school, I attended the Science/Engineering Specialized Learning Center housed within Manalapan High School in New Jersey.


My Research

Below are a few select publications. For a more complete listing of my work, please see my ADS and/or Google Scholar entries.

Contact Information


University of Hawaii
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822-1839 USA