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

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Steven Beckwith


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

Professor Beckwith is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. 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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John Bonnell

Project Physicist

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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

Steven Gibson

Bruce Grossan

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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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Christine Jilly-Rehak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Eleanor Judd


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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

Michael Levi

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