Jeff Coughlin is an astrophysicist with the SETI Institute, and has worked for the Kepler/K2 mission for the past 7 years. He has a PhD in Astronomy from New Mexico State University, where he mainly focused on measuring the fundamental parameters of exoplanets and stars using data from the then newly launched Kepler telescope. While with SETI and the Kepler/K2 mission, he has been a leading member of the team that discovers and classifies new exoplanets. In particular, he has focused on developing methods of automating such discovery via computer algorithms. This has enabled the determination of how common planets, especially those like Earth, are in the cosmos.