Michael Endl is a research scientist with McDonald Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Vienna, Austria. For his thesis he spent 2 years at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. One result of his thesis was the discovery of the first extrasolar giant planet in an Earth-like orbit. He joined the McDonald Observatory planet search team as a post-doctoral fellow in fall 2001. He initiated the observations of low mass stars at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope. His main interest is the detection of low mass planets, with masses comparable to Neptune and down to Earth masses. He is also involved in the ground-based follow up observations for CoRoT and Kepler, two space missions designed for the search for small, rocky planets around other stars.