Fishing on my home island.


I am a Research Associate (PostDoc) at the University of Washington working within the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL).  My research interests include biosignatures, habitability, the atmospheres of terrestrial and ice giant planets, brown dwarfs, and polarimetry.

Outside of astronomy I am deeply interested in machine learning, neuroscience, genetics/genomics, evolution, visual arts, dancing, skiing, scuba, stouts, scotch and coffee.

On Twitter I am @humanbott, follow me there for tweets about conferences and talks I attend, paper announcements, and occasional popular science links and news.

On Instagram I am @endlesslope, follow me there for posts about astrobiology, the natural world, and my travels (and the overlap of those things!).

Contact :                              kimbott at

Twitter: @humanbott

Instagram: @endlesslope