Sara Lucatello

Short CV

Sara Lucatello obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD from University of Padova, Italy. After postdoctoral work at University of Texas Austin, she was INAF fellow in Padova and later Excellence Cluster Universe fellow in Munich. She joined the faculty at INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova in 2006.

She has served as a member and co-chair of the Committee of Participation of Women in Sloan and as a member of the Committee for Inclusion in Sloan, the organs for diversity and equal opportunities in the SDSS collaboration. Since 2018 she is serving as Vice-President of the European Astronomical Society, with a portfolio focusing on diversity and inclusion issues.

Selected Awards

Research Interests

Her scientific interests focus on spectroscopic studies of stellar populations, the formation and chemo-dynamical evolution of the Milky Way and its subcomponents, large Galactic stellar surveys and Big Data in Astronomy.

Selected Publications

  • Lucatello, Sara; Diamond-Stanic, Aleksandar: Diversity and inclusiveness in large scientific collaborations. Nature Astronomy 1 (6), 2017, 0161.
  • Schiavon, Ricardo P.; Zamora, Olga; Carrera, Ricardo; Lucatello, Sara; Robin, A. C.; Ness, Melissa; Martell, Sarah L.; Smith, Verne V.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Manchado, Arturo; Schönrich, Ralph; Bastian, Nate; Chiappini, Cristina; Shetrone, Matthew; Mackereth, J. Ted; Williams, Rob A.; Mészáros, Szabolcs; Allende Prieto, Carlos; Anders, Friedrich; Bizyaev, Dmitry; Beers, Timothy C.; Chojnowski, S. Drew; Cunha, Katia; Epstein, Courtney; Frinchaboy, Peter M.; García Pérez, Ana E.; Hearty, Fred R.; Holtzman, Jon A.; Johnson, Jennifer A.; Kinemuchi, Karen; Majewski, Steven R.; Muna, Demitri; Nidever, David L.; Nguyen, Duy Cuong; O'Connell, Robert W.; Oravetz, Daniel; Pan, Kaike; Pinsonneault, Marc; Schneider, Donald P.; Schultheis, Matthias; Simmons, Audrey; Skrutskie, Michael F.; Sobeck, Jennifer; Wilson, John C.; Zasowski, Gail: Chemical tagging with APOGEE: discovery of a large population of N-rich stars in the inner Galaxy. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 465 (1), 2016, 501-524.
  • Martell, Sarah L.; Shetrone, Matthew D.; Lucatello, Sara; Schiavon, Ricardo P.; Mészáros, Szabolcs; Prieto, Carlos Allende; Hernández, D. A. García; Beers, Timothy C.; Nidever, David L: CHEMICAL TAGGING IN THE SDSS-III/APOGEE SURVEY: NEW IDENTIFICATIONS OF HALO STARS WITH GLOBULAR CLUSTER ORIGINS. The Astrophysical Journal 825 (2), 2016, 146.
  • Lucatello, S.; Sollima, A.; Gratton, R.; Vesperini, E.; D’Orazi, V.; Carretta, E.; Bragaglia, A.: The incidence of binaries in globular cluster stellar populations. Astronomy & Astrophysics 584, 2015, A52.
  • Lundgren, Britt; Kinemuchi, Karen; Zasowski, Gail; Lucatello, Sara; Diamond-Stanic, Aleksandar M.; Tremonti, Christy A.; Myers, Adam D.; Aragón-Salamanca, Alfonso; Gillespie, Bruce; Ho, Shirley; Gallagher, John S.: The SDSS-IV in 2014: A Demographic Snapshot. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 127 (954), 2015, 776-788.
  • Sneden, Christopher; Lucatello, Sara; Ram, Ram S.; Brooke, James S. A.; Bernath, Peter: LINE LISTS FOR THEA2Π-X2Σ+(RED) ANDB2Σ+-X2Σ+(VIOLET) SYSTEMS OF CN,13C14N, AND12C15N, AND APPLICATION TO ASTRONOMICAL SPECTRA. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 214 (2), 2014, 26.
  • D'Orazi, Valentina; Lucatello, Sara; Lugaro, Maria; Gratton, Raffaele G.; Angelou, George; Bragaglia, Angela; Carretta, Eugenio; Alves-Brito, Alan; Ivans, Inese I.; Masseron, Thomas; Mucciarelli, Alessio: FLUORINE VARIATIONS IN THE GLOBULAR CLUSTER NGC 6656 (M22): IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERNAL ENRICHMENT TIMESCALES. The Astrophysical Journal 763 (1), 2012, 22.
  • Gratton, R. G.; Lucatello, S.; Sollima, A.; Carretta, E.; Bragaglia, A.; Momany, Y.; D’Orazi, V.; Cassisi, S.; Pietrinferni, A.; Salaris, M.: The Na-O anticorrelation in horizontal branch stars. Astronomy & Astrophysics 549, 2012, A41.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Schiappacasse-Ulloa, J; Lucatello, Sara; Rain, M J; Pietrinferni, Adriano: Lithium abundances as a tracer of asymptotic giant branch star pollution in the globular cluster NGC 6752. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 511 (1), 2022, 231-240 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Zhang, R.; Lucatello, S.; Bragaglia, A.; Carrera, R.; Spina, L.; Alonso-Santiago, J.; Andreuzzi, G.; Casali, G.; Carretta, E.; Frasca, A.; Fu, X.; Magrini, L.; Origlia, L.; D’Orazi, V.; Vallenari, A.: Stellar Population Astrophysics (SPA) with TNG. Astronomy & Astrophysics 654, 2021, A77 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Gratton, Raffaele; Bragaglia, Angela; Carretta, Eugenio; D’Orazi, Valentina; Lucatello, Sara; Sollima, Antonio: What is a globular cluster? An observational perspective. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review 27 (1), 2019 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Carretta, Eugenio; Bragaglia, Angela; Lucatello, Sara; Gratton, Raffaele G.; D'Orazi, Valentina; Sollima, Antonio: Aluminium abundances in five discrete stellar populations of the globular cluster NGC 2808. Astronomy & Astrophysics 615, 2018, A17 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Jermak, Helen E.; Lucatello, Sara; Woods, Paul: Equity and diversity in astronomy. Nature Astronomy 2 (7), 2018, 523-524 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )