Scientific Staff and Research Interests

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John Mulchaey, Director

Ph.D., 1994, University of Maryland

Galaxy groups, X-ray astronomy
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Andrew Benson, Staff Member

MPhys (physics and astrophysics), 1997, University of Leicester; PhD, 2000, University of Durham

The formation of cosmic structure, from dark matter to galaxies and AGN.
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Rebecca Bernstein, Staff Member/Scientist

B.S. Physics, Princeton (1992);  PhD Astrophysics, Caltech (1998)

stellar abundances, galaxy formation & evolution, structure formation, instrumentation, optical design
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Guillermo Blanc, Carnegie Observatories Staff Associate

B.S. Astronomy, Universidad de Chile (2004), Ph.D Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Galaxy Formation and Evolution. ISM Physics and Star Formation. Chemical Abundances.
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Jeffrey Crane, Staff Associate

B.S. Physics, 1997, Arizona State University; M.A. Astronomy, 1999, Ph.D. Astronomy, 2004, University of Virginia

Instrumentation, Milky Way and Local Group, Extrasolar Planets
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Alan Dressler, Staff Member Emeritus

B.A. (physics), 1970, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1976, University of California, Santa Cruz

Galaxy evolution, IMACS spectrograph
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Daniel D. Kelson, Staff Associate

B.S. (astronomy and physics), 1991, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D (astronomy), 1998, University of California, Santa Cruz

How galaxies formed, grew, and evolved
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Juna A. Kollmeier, Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 2000, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D (astronomy), 2006, The Ohio State University

Theoretical astrophysics concerning the growth of cosmic structure on all scales
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Barry F. Madore, Senior Research Associate

B.S. (astronomy and physics) 1969, University of Southern California; M.Sc. (astronomy), 1971, Ph.D. (astronomy), 1974, University of Toronto

The complexities of deciphering galaxy evolution
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Patrick McCarthy, Staff Member

B.S. physics and astronomy 1983, University of Arizona; Ph.D. astronomy, 1988, University of California, Berkeley

Probing the era of galaxy formation
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Andrew McWilliam, Staff Member

B.Sc., 1981, London University; M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1988, University of Texas - Austin

Chemical evolution and nucleosynthesis
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Andrew Newman, Staff Member
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Augustus Oemler, Director Emeritus

A.B., 1969, Princeton University; M.S. and Ph.D., 1974, California Institute of Technology

Data reduction, evolution of galaxies in clusters
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Mark M. Phillips, LCO Director

A.B., 1974 San Diego State University; Ph.D. (Astronomy), 1977, University of California, Santa Cruz

Supernovae, expansion of the universe
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Anthony Piro, The George Ellery Hale Distinguished Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics

High energy theoretical astrophysics with a focus on supernovae, GWs and EM counterparts, accretion disks, tides, and compact objects
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George W. Preston, Director Emeritus

B.S. (physics), 1952, Yale University; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1959, University of California, Berkeley

Understanding stellar evolution
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Michael Rauch, Staff Member

Diploma (physics), 1988, Gutenberg University, Mainz; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1992, Cambridge University

Unraveling the cosmic web
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Gwen Rudie, Staff Member
High-redshift galaxies, the circumgalactic medium
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Fran├žois Schweizer, Staff Member Emeritus

Lizentiat (astronomy), 1968, University of Bern; M.A., 1970, Ph.D. (astronomy), 1975, University of California, Berkeley

How galaxies assemble and evolve
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Stephen A. Shectman, Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 1969, Yale University; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1973, California Institute of Technology

Galaxies, low-metal stars, and astronomical tools
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Josh Simon, Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 1998, Stanford University; M.A. (astrophysics), 2000, Ph.D. (astrophysics), 2005, University of California, Berkeley

Dark Matter, chemical evolution, supernovae, and nearby galaxies
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Ian Thompson, Associate Director for Technological Affairs

B.Sc. (physics and astronomy), 1971, M.Sc. (physics and astronomy), 1974, University of British Columbia; Ph.D. (physics and astronomy), 1980, University of Western Ontario

Globular clusters, instrumentation
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Ray Weynann, Director Emeritus
Interests: Intergalactic medium; mass ejection from quasars; STEM education.
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Christopher Burns, Research Associate

BSc. Physics, Bishop's University (1994);  MSc. Physics, (1995), PhD Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto (2002)

Cosmology, Distance scale, Supernovae, Numerical analysis, Bayesian Statistics
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Shannon Patel, Research Associate
galaxy evolution, groups and clusters, large-scale structure
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Mark Seibert, Senior Research Analyst

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Katey Alatalo, Hubble Fellow
Galaxy evolution, molecular gas, star formation, AGNs
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Eduardo Banados Torres, Carnegie-Princeton Fellow
Observational cosmology, multiwavelength view of high-z quasars/galaxies, epoch of reionization, big data
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Rachael Beaton, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Near Field Cosmology, Local Group/Volume Galaxies, Stellar Populations, Dwarf Galaxies, Stellar Haloes
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Thomas Connor, Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Maria Drout, Hubble Fellow
Supernova, Peculiar Transients, Massive Star Evolution
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Terese Hansen, Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Sean Johnson, Carnegie-Princeton Fellow
galaxies; AGN; quasars; intergalactic medium; circum-galactic medium
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Yu Lu, Postdoctoral Research Associate
galaxy formation and evolution
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Stefano Pasetto, Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Marja Seidel, Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Benjamin Shappee, Hubble Fellow
Transient Astronomy
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Johanna Teske, Carnegie-Origins Fellow
stellar abundances, particularly of exoplanet host stars; radial velocity planet detection; spectroscopic instrumentation
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Stephanie Tonnesen, The Alvin E. Nashman Postdoctoral Fellow
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Jennifer Van Saders, Carnegie Fellow
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Andrew Wetzel, Carnegie Fellow
cosmological structure formation, galaxy formation, near-field cosmology, The Milky Way & the Local Group, galaxy groups and clusters, cosmological baryonic simulations
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Cindy Hunt, Social Media Strategist
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Jeffrey Rich, Outreach Coordinator
Galaxy Evolution, Interstellar Medium, Stellar Populations