December 18, 2018

Astrophysics & Exoplanet Members

Below is a listing of the members of the Astrophysics & Exoplanet group at the Space Sciences Lab. The groups Associate Director is John Tomsick.

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David Anderson

Research Scientist

I received an MA in Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 1985 to 1992 I was on the faculty of the U.C. Read More…

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Ryan Bay

Research Physicist

I am a research physicist working on high-energy neutrino astronomy and the application of experimental physics techniques to the earth sciences of paleoclimatology and glaciology.  My current research projects include IceCube, RAID (Rapid Access Ice Drill) and the South Pole Ice Core.  Read More…

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Steven Beckwith


Space Sciences Lab Director
Professor of Astronomy
Department of Astronomy Senate Faculty

Professor Beckwith has served as Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Heidelberg, Germany), the Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, Maryland), and most recently as the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for the ten-campus University of California system (Oakland, California). Read More…

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Peter Beiersdorfer

Peter Beiersdorfer received his B. S. and M. S. degrees in Physics from Auburn University, and his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees in Astrophysical Sciences/Plasma Physics from Princeton University. Read More…

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Steven Boggs

Professor of Physics

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Julian Borrill

Research Physicist & Senior Staff Scientist

Julian Borrill is a Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Scientist at Berkeley Lab, where he leads the Computational Cosmology Center. His work is focused on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and in particular on the data management challenges posed by the size of current and future CMB datasets. Read More…

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Joanne Cohn

Space Fellow/ Research

Joanne Cohn is a theoretical cosmologist working on large scale structure and galaxy formation, using analytic methods, simulations and observational data. A large part of her recent work has been on comparing models to each other and to observations. Read More…

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Henry Crawford

Research Physicist

Jon Engelage

Asst Research Physicist

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Steven Gibson

Associate Project Scientist

Steve Gibson is a designer and builder of astronomical instrumentation, with an emphasis on high-stability echelle spectrometers.  Originally from Ontario, Canada, he studied at the University of Waterloo and McGill University, and then completed his PhD in New Zealand. Read More…

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Bruce Grossan

Bruce Grossan might be called a “second generation” SSL scientist, as he did pre-EUVE lab work with Jerry Edelstein, and later George Smoot, as an undergraduate. Read More…

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Andrew Howard

Professor of Astronomy

I’m a Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology — Caltech.

I am interested in the formation and evolution of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Read More…

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Kevin Hurley

Res Physicist

Kevin Hurley is a Senior Space Fellow, Emeritus.  He received his PhD at SSL, and then rejoined the laboratory in 1987.  His research focuses on cosmic gamma-ray bursts and magnetars, and he leads the Interplanetary Network, a group of spacecraft with burst detectors which localize sources by triangulation.  Read More…

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Eleanor Judd


Eleanor Judd is an experimental physicist currently specializing in the design and implementation of real-time trigger systems for both ground- and space-based experiments. Her primary project is the trigger system for the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read More…

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Eric Korpela

Associate Research Physicist

Eric is an astronomer. In addition to SETI, he studies interstellar matter (the gas and dust that lies between the stars) using radio, optical, and space-based ultraviolet telescopes. Read More…

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Michael Lampton


In his 40 years at Space Sciences Lab, Dr Lampton has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for several space missions, both unmanned (EUVE, IMAGE, MENA) and manned (Apollo-Soyuz EUVT, FAUST, ORFEUS) and served as a Payload Specialist Astronaut for STS-9 and STS45 “SpaceLab” shuttle missions. Read More…

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Jaan Lepson

Associate Research Physicist

I received my B.A. from Princeton University in 1985 and my Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1996. I began working at Space Sciences Laboratory in 1998, and am currently an Associate Research Physicist. Read More…

Michael Levi

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Eric Linder

Research Physicist

Eric Linder is a UC Berkeley research physicist and has served as Deputy Director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics and Co-Director of the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More…

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Claire Poppett

Assistant Research Physicist

I received my PhD from the University of Durham in the UK and then moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a postdoc. I am now a research physicist at SSL. Read More…

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