Saida Caballero-Nieves

Assistant Professor | Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

Contact Information
(321) 674-7594
F.W. Olin Physical Sciences, 336

Educational Background

  • Ph. D. in Astronomy, Georgia State University, 2012
  • M.S. in Physics (Concentration in Astronomy), Georgia State University, 2007
  • B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, and History, University of Michigan, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor & Olin Observatory Director (2017 - present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Sheffield (2012-2016)

Current Courses

  • SPS 3020 - Methods & Instrumentation
  • SPS 4010 - Introduction to Stellar Structure & Evolution

Previous Courses

  • SPS 1020 - Introduction to Space Science (Fall 2018)
  • SPS 2010 - Observational Astronomy (Spring 2017 - 2021)
  • SPS 3020 - Methods & Instrumentation (Fall 2020)
  • SPS 4010 - Introduction to Stellar Structure & Evolution (Fall 2017 - 2020)
  • SPS 4110 - Senior Lab (Spring 2020)
  • SPS 5010 - Stellar Structure & Evolution (Fall 2019)
  • SPS 5090 - Special Topics in Observational Astronomy (Spring 2021)

Selected Publications

  1. Caballero-Nieves, S. M. , Gies, D. R. , Baines, E. K., Bouchez, A. H. , Dekany, R. G. , Goodwin, S. P. , Rickman, E. L. , Roberts, L. C., Jr. , Taggart, K. , ten Brummelaar, T. A. , & Turner, N. H., 2020, A High Angular Resolution Survey of Massive Stars in Cygnus OB2: JHK Adaptive Optics Results from the Gemini Near-Infrared Imager, AJ, 160, 115.
  2. Bestenlehner, J. M., Crowther, P. A., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Schneider, F. R. N., Simón-Díaz, S., Brands, S. A., de Koter, A., Gräfener, G., Herrero, A., Langer, N., Lennon, D. J., Maíz Apellániz, J., Puls, J., & Vink, J. S., 2020, The R136 star cluster dissected with Hubble Space Telescope/STIS - II. Physical properties of the most massive stars in R136 , MNRAS, 499, 1918.
  3. Rainot, A., Reggiani, M., Sana, H., Bodensteiner, J., Gomez-Gonzalez, C. A., Absil, O., Christiaens, V., Delorme, P., Almeida, L. A., Caballero-Nieves, S., De Ridder, J., Kratter, K., Lacour, S., Le Bouquin, J. -B.,  Pueyo, L., & Zinnecker, H, 2020, Carina High-contrast Imaging Project for massive Stars (CHIPS). I. Methodology and proof of concept on QZ Car (≡ HD 93206), A &A, 640, 15.
  4. Johnston, K. B., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Petit, V., Peter, A. M., & Haber, R., 2020, Variable star classification using multiview metric learning, MNRAS, 491, 3805.
  5. Johnston, K. B., Haber, R., Caballero-Nieves, Saida M., Peter, A. M., Petit, V., & Knote, M., 2019, A detection metric designed for O'Connell effect eclipsing binaries, Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology, v. 6, iss. 1, 4, p. 15.
  6. Griffiths, D. W., Goodwin, S. P., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., 2018, Massive, wide binaries as tracers of massive star formation, MNRAS, 476, 2493.
  7. Crowther, P. A., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Bostroem, K. A., Maíz-Apellániz, Walborn, N. R., Angus, C., Brott, I., Bonanos, A.,de Koter, A., de Mink, S. E., Evans, C. J., Gräfener, G., Herrero, A., Howarth, I D., Langer, N., Lennon, D. J., Puls, J., Sana, H., Vink, J. S., 2016, Spatially Resolved HST/STIS spectroscopy of the R136 star cluster. I. Far-ultraviolet spectroscopic census, MNRAS, 458, 624.
  8. Aldoretta, E. J., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Gies, D. R., Nelan, E. P., Wallace, D. J., Hartkopf, W. I., Henry, T. J., Jao, W.-C., Maíz Apellániz, J., Mason, B. D., Moffat, A. F. J., Norris, R. P., Richardson, N. D., & Williams, S. J, 2015, The Multiplicity of Massive Stars: A High Angular Resolution Survey with the HST Fine Guidance Sensor, AJ, 149, 26
  9. Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Nelan, E. P., Gies, D. R., Wallace, D. J., DeGioia-Eastwood, K., Herrero, A., Jao, W.-C., Mason, B. D., Massey, P., Moffat, A. F. J., & Walborn, N. R., 2014, A High Angular Resolution Survey of Massive Stars in Cygnus OB2: Results from the Hubble Space Telescope Fine Guidance Sensors, AJ, 147, 40
  10. Gies, D. R., Aldoretta, E. J., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Nelan, E. P., Henry, T.J., Jao, W.-C., Hartkopf,W. I., Mason, B. D., Maíz Apellániz, J., Moffat, A.F.J., Richardson, N. D., Wallace, D. J., & Williams, S. J., 2014, HST Fine Guidance Sensors Survey For Binaries Among The Massive Stars, EAS Publications Series, 64, 395
  11. Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Gies, D. R., & Nelan, E. P., 2012, High Angular Resolution Observations of the Massive Stars in Cyg OB2, PASP, 465, 366
  12. Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Gies, D. R., Roberts, L. C., & Turner, N. H., 2011, Cyg OB2 Unveiled: The Search for Astrometric Companions, Société Royale des Sciences de Liège Bulletin, 80, 639
  13. Williams, S. J., Gies, D. R., Helsel, J. W., Matson, R. A., & Caballero-Nieves, S., 2011, ASAS Light Curves of Intermediate-Mass Eclipsing Binary Stars and the Parameters of HI Mon, AJ, 142, 5
  14. Williams, S. J., Wilson, J. W., Hursey, M., & Caballero-Nieves, S. M., 2010, Astrometric Observations of WDS Neglected Binary Stars, Journal of Double Star Observations, 6, 15
  15. Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Gies, D. R., Bolton, C. T., Hadrava, P., Herrero, A., Hillwig, T. C., Howell, S. B., Huang, W., Kaper, L., Koubský, P., & McSwain, M. V., 2009, The Ultraviolet Spectrum and Physical Properties of the Mass Donor Star in HD 226868 = Cygnus X-1, ApJ, 701, 1795
  16. Gies, D. R., Bolton, C. T., Blake, R. M., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Crenshaw, D. M., Hadrava, P., Herrero, A., Hillwig, T. C., Howell, S. B., Huang, W., Kaper, L., Koubský, P., & McSwain, M. V., 2008, Stellar Wind Variations during the X-Ray High and Low States of Cygnus X-1, ApJ, 678, 1237
  17. Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Sowell, J. R., & Houk, N., 2007, Galactic Distributions and Statistics of the HD Stars in the Michigan Spectral Catalogue, AJ, 134, 1072
  18. Sowell, J. R., Trippe, M., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., & Houk, N., 2007, H-R Diagrams Based on the HD Stars in the Michigan Spectral Catalogue and the Hipparcos Catalog, AJ, 134, 1089
  19. Oey, M. S., Meurer, G. R., Yelda, S., Furst, E. J., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Hanish, D. J., Levesque, E. M., Thilker, D. A., Walth, G. L., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Dopita, M. A., Ferguson, H. C., Heckman, T. M., Doyle, M. T., Drinkwater, M. J., Freeman, K. C., Kennicutt, R. C., Jr., Kilborn, V. A., Knezek, P. M., Koribalski, B., Meyer, M., Putman, M. E., Ryan-Weber, E. V., Smith, R. C., Staveley-Smith, L., Webster, R. L., Werk, J., & Zwaan, M. A., 2007, The Survey for Ionization in Neutral Gas Galaxies. III. Diffuse, Warm Ionized Medium and Escape of Ionizing Radiation, ApJ, 661, 801
  20. Grundstrom, E. D., Caballero-Nieves, S. M., Gies, D. R., Huang, W., McSwain, M. V., Rafter, S. E., Riddle, R. L., Williams, S. J., & Wingert, D. W., 2007, Joint H-alpha and X-Ray Observations of Massive X-Ray Binaries. II. The Be X-Ray Binary and Microquasar LS I +61 303, ApJ, 656, 437.

Additional Duties

  • Ortega Professor of Astronomy
  • Director, Olin Observatory
  • Faculty Advisor Student Astronomical Society
  • James Webb Space Telescope User Committee
  • CUR Councilor
  • SARA Board member

Previous Students

  • Kyle Johnston, Ph.D. in Space Science, 2019
  • Cori Fletcher, Ph.D. in Space Science, 2018
  • Trisha Doyle, Ph.D in Space Science, 2017