Research

Group Membership

Grants & Funding

Research Facilities

Planetary Systems

McDonald Laser Ranging Station

Stars

Space Astrometry

White Dwarf Stars and the Age of the Galaxy

Whole Earth Telescope

Extragalactic

Interstellar

Star Formation

EXES: mid-IR Spectrograph for SOFIA

Spitzer Legacy Project - c2d

Theory


Research Groups 2009-10 [ pdf ]



Planetary Systems

Name
Title & Research
Benedict, G. Fritz
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Space astrometry; search for extrasolar planetary systems; surface photometry of galaxies; barred galaxies.
Cochran, Anita
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Assistant Director

Primitive bodies in the solar system; chemical composition of comets; the Kuiper belt, CONTOUR Mission Science Team.
Cochran, William
(Chair)
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Searches for extrasolar planetary systems; high-precision measurements of stellar radial velocity variations; variable stars; planetary atmospheres; comets; asteroids.
Dodson-Robinson, Sally
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Assistant Professor

Planet formation, planet host composition, protostellar disk chemistry, Galactic chemical evolution, debris disks and brown dwarfs.
Endl, Michael
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist

Detection of extrasolar planets and brown dwarf companions. Search for extremely low-mass planets around M dwarf stars. High precision stellar radial velocity measurements. Astrobiology.
McArthur, Barbara
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist

HST Astrometry; search for extrasolar planets.
Ries, Judit Gyorgyey
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Associate

Planetary Astronomy, Astrometry and physical characterization of Near Earth Objects, especially Earth-crossing asteroids. Also works as Lunar Data Analyst for the McDonald Laser Ranging Station.
Roman, Brian
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Engineer/Scientist Associate III


Scalo, John
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Star formation; interstellar medium; turbulence; galaxy evolution; complex systems; astrobiology.
Shelus, Peter J
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Small Solar System body motions; time: laser ranging; Earth and lunar dynamics; stellar astrometry.
Trafton, Laurence M
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Planetary atmospheres; volatile transport; evolution of the solar system.
Brugamyer, Erik
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Hermes, James
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Robertson, Paul
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Sluder, Alan
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student



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Stars

Name
Title & Research
Barnes III, Thomas G
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Superintendent McDonald Observatory

Observational aspects of variable stars, particularly distance scale issues for Cepheid and RR Lyrae variables.
Benedict, G. Fritz
(Chair)
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Space astrometry; search for extrasolar planetary systems; surface photometry of galaxies; barred galaxies.
Breger, Michel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Adjunct Professor

Stellar astrophysics: the formation, structure and evolution of stars; asteroseismology; photometry and polarimetry.
Theory and Observations of Pulsating Stars

Dinerstein, Harriet
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Planetary nebulae; abundances in gaseous nebulae; infrared, optical, and ultraviolet spectroscopy of emission lines; extragalactic H II regions and star formation in disk galaxies; classical novae.
Hemenway, Mary Kay
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Lecturer

Astronomy education.
Lambert, David
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Stellar atmospheres; chemical composition of stars; chemical evolution of the universe.
MacQueen, Phillip
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Instrumentation, CCD detectors; stellar abundances.
McArthur, Barbara
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist

HST Astrometry; search for extrasolar planets.
Montgomery, Mike
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist


Nather, Edward
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor Emeritus

Observational studies of interacting binary collapsed stars; asteroseismology of white dwarfs; the Whole Earth Telescope.
Robinson, Edward L
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Observational studies of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; cataclysmic variables, low-mass X-ray binaries, X-ray transients; pulsating white dwarfs.
Shetrone, Matthew
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Observational techniques; queue scheduled telescopes; galactic nucleosynthesis; stellar evolution.
Sneden, Chris
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Chemical composition of stars; stellar evolution; galactic nucleosynthesis.
Tomkin, Jocelyn
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow

High-resolution stellar spectroscopy.
Winget, Don
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Theory and observation: cosmochronology; evolution of the Milky Way; late stages of stellar evolution; stellar pulsations; white dwarf stars as dark matter detectors; the Whole Earth Telescope.
Castanheira, Barbara
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow


Falcon, Ross
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


For, Bi Qing
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Hermes, James
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Hollek, Julie
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Roederer, Ian
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Stellar nucleosynthesis, Galactic chemical evolution, the Milky Way stellar halo.

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Extragalactic

Name
Title & Research
Cornell, Mark
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist

Structure and dynamics of galaxies; galaxy formation and evolution; pseudobulges in disk galaxies; surface photometry; wide-field imaging surveys and virtual observatories; applications software for astronomical image processing.
Gaskell, Martin
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow

Theory and observations of processes around supermassive black holes, nature of the energy source in active galactic nuclei (AGNs), modeling polarization, multi-wavelength observations of AGNs, use of variability to probe structure, kinematics, and energy generation, black hole mass determination, cosmological evolution of supermassive black holes and their co-relationships with their host galaxies.
Gebhardt, Karl
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Formation and evolution of galaxies; dynamics of stellar systems; study of supermassive black holes.
Hill, Gary
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Observational cosmology; radio galaxies and quasars; astronomical instrumentation.
Jogee, Shardha
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Associate Professor

Formation, Evolution, Dynamics of Galaxies. Member of GEMS, GOODS, and HUDF science teams. Bars and Mergers. Starbursts and AGN.
Kormendy, John
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei; structure and dynamics of galaxies; secular evolution of galaxies; dark matter; galaxy formation and evolution.
Milosavljevic, Milos
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Assistant Professor

Massive black holes; the Galactic center; galaxy formation; galaxy clusters; plasma astrophysics.
Odewahn, Stephen
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist


Shen, Juntai
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow


Shields, Gregory
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Active galactic nuclei; supermassive black holes; chemical evolution of galaxies.
Wills, Beverly
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow

Active galactic nuclei from radio to x-ray wavelengths.
Wills, Derek
(Chair)
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Statistical properties of quasars.
Comerford, Julie
ADS
 |  astro-ph
W.J. McDonald Fellow

Observations of dual supermassive black holes in merger-remnant galaxies.
Tuttle, Sarah
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow


Adams, Joshua
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Barentine, John
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Blanc, Guillermo
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Fisher, David
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Structure and dynamics of galaxies; secular evolution of galaxies; galaxy formation and evolution.
Heiderman, Amanda
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Jardel, John
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Ludwig, Randi
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Marinova, Irina
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Murphy, Jeremy
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Song, Mimi
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Stacy, Athena
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Weinzirl, Tim
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student



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Interstellar

Name
Title & Research
Bash, Frank
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor Emeritus

Large-scale structure of spiral galaxies; star formation on large scales.
Dinerstein, Harriet
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Planetary nebulae; abundances in gaseous nebulae; infrared, optical, and ultraviolet spectroscopy of emission lines; extragalactic H II regions and star formation in disk galaxies; classical novae.
Evans, Neal
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Molecular clouds; star formation; millimeter, submillimeter, and infrared astronomy.
Jaffe, Daniel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Infrared spectroscopy of protostars and star forming clouds; submillimeter observations of interstellar gas, star formation regions, and protostars; physics of the dense interstellar medium; instrumentation for infrared spectroscopy.
Lacy, John
(Chair)
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Infrared astronomical spectroscopy; infrared studies of interstellar molecules; studies of ionized gas in the Galactic Center; development of high- resolution infrared spectrographs.
Lee, Sungho
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow


Lester, Daniel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow

Infrared emission lines; abundances in H II regions; infrared studies of star formation; starburst galaxies.
Green, Joel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow


Salyk, Colette
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow


Deen, Casey
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Dunham, Miranda
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Gully-Santiago, Michael
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Harrold, Sam
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Hwang, Sehyun
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Kim, Hyo Jeong
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Merello, Manuel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Rand, Jared
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Vutisalchavakul, Nalin
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student



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Theory

Name
Title & Research
Bromm, Volker
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Associate Professor

Formation of the first stars and quasars; high-redshift supernovae and metal enrichment; supermassive black hole formation; gamma-ray bursts; reionization of the intergalactic medium; present-day star formation; computational astrophysics.
Dodson-Robinson, Sally
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Assistant Professor

Planet formation, planet host composition, protostellar disk chemistry, Galactic chemical evolution, debris disks and brown dwarfs.
Duncan, Rob
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Senior Research Scientist

Magnetars (ultra-magnetized neutron stars) and their possible observable consequences for soft gamma repeaters, anomalous X-ray pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, cosmic rays, and old galactic neutron stars.
Gaskell, Martin
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow

Theory and observations of processes around supermassive black holes, nature of the energy source in active galactic nuclei (AGNs), modeling polarization, multi-wavelength observations of AGNs, use of variability to probe structure, kinematics, and energy generation, black hole mass determination, cosmological evolution of supermassive black holes and their co-relationships with their host galaxies.
Komatsu, Eiichiro
(Chair)
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Cosmic microwave background radiation anisotropy and polarization; inflationary scenarios of the early universe; alternative theories of gravity; radio band observational cosmology.
Kumar, Pawan
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Gamma-ray bursts; helioseismology; binary stars; tidal interaction; accretion disks; cosmology.
Milosavljevic, Milos
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Assistant Professor

Massive black holes; the Galactic center; galaxy formation; galaxy clusters; plasma astrophysics.
Montgomery, Mike
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Scientist


Scalo, John
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Star formation; interstellar medium; turbulence; galaxy evolution; complex systems; astrobiology.
Shapiro, Paul
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Theoretical astrophysics: cosmology, galaxy formation, the interstellar medium, the intergalactic medium, interstellar dust grains, astrophysical hydrodynamics.
Shen, Juntai
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Research Fellow


Shields, Gregory
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Active galactic nuclei; supermassive black holes; chemical evolution of galaxies.
Weinberg, Steven
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.
Wheeler, J. Craig
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Stellar evolution; supernovae; accretion discs; gamma-ray bursts, astrobiology.
Winget, Don
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Professor

Theory and observation: cosmochronology; evolution of the Milky Way; late stages of stellar evolution; stellar pulsations; white dwarf stars as dark matter detectors; the Whole Earth Telescope.
Koda, Jun
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow

Cosmology, the nature of dark matter, structure formation.
Mao, Yi
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow

Theoretical cosmology, including cosmic reionization simulation and observational applications (e.g., 21cm tomography), structure formation.
Pawlik, Andreas
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow

Cosmology, galaxy formation, reionization, SPH/AMR simulations, radiative transfer.
Rindler-Daller, Tanja
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Postdoctoral Fellow

Quantum field theory of many-body systems applied to cosmology, structure formation, the nature of dark matter.
Zhang, Jun
ADS
 |  astro-ph
TCC Fellow

Theoretical Cosmology, including weak lensing, large scale structure, and cosmic reionization.
Agarwal, Meghann
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student - Physics


Akcay, Sarp
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student - Physics


Barniol Duran, Rodolfo
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student - Physics


Chatzopoulos, Emmanouil
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Chiang, Chi-Ting
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Cosmic microwave background anisotropy and polarization.
Falcon, Ross
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Ganc, Jonathan
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Primordial non-Gaussianity, inflation, high-energy theory.
Hummel, Jacob
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Jeon, Myoungwon
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Johnson, Vincent
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Undergraduate Student


Kagan, Daniel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Lindner, Chris
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Meyers, Joel
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Early universe cosmology, inflation, and non-Gaussianities.
Safranek-Shrader, Chalence
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Santana, Rodolfo
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Shen, Rongfeng
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Shoji, Masatoshi
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Large-Scale Structure of the universe, Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations.
Stacy, Athena
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student


Watanabe, Yuki
ADS
 |  astro-ph
Graduate Student

Early universe, cosmology, gravitational waves.

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