The faculty, staff and graduate students of the Department Astronomy & Planetary Science
From current, adjunct, and emeritus faculty to staff and graduate students, find out more about their backgrounds and career highlights.
Faculty Accordion Closed
Assistant Teaching Professor
Associate Professor; Director NAU/NASA Space Grant
Associate Professor; Associate Department Chair
Professor; Director, National Undergraduate Research Observatory
Professor; Department Chair
Visiting Faculty / Research Associates Accordion Closed
Visiting Professor (Lowell Observatory)
Assistant Research Professor
Data Scientist, Edwards Research Group
Data Scientist, PIXEL Research Group
Postdoctoral Scholars Accordion Closed
Christian Tai Udovicic
Adjunct faculty Accordion Closed
|Will Grundy, Planetary Science||Lowell Observatoryemail@example.com|
|Philip Massey, Evolution of Massive Stars||Lowell Observatory||Phil.Massey@lowell.edu|
|Maggie McAdam, Planetary Science||SOFIA Science Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Prato, Young Binary Systems||Lowell Observatoryemail@example.com|
|David Schultz, Computational Astrophysics||Universities Research Associationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Donna Weistrop, Astronomy||UNLV/NAUemail@example.com|
Emeritus faculty Accordion Closed
|Kathy Eastwood, Ph.D., Astronomy||Kathy.Eastwood@nau.edu|
|Richard Hall, Ph.D., Photometry||Richard.Hall@nau.edu|
|David Koerner, Ph.D., Astronomy||David.Koerner@nau.edu|
|Barry Lutz, Ph.D., Laboratory Astrophysics||Barry.Lutz@nau.edu|
Graduate Students Accordion Closed
Research: Astrobiology: Investigating remote and in situ biosignatures on Mars and exoplanets using Antarctic analogs.
Research: Maria is studying asteroids and other Solar System objects through a data science driven approach. She is helping build the Solar system Notification Alert Pipeline System (SNAPS) for LSST (Vera C. Rubin Observatory). Site: https://rc.nau.edu/snaps/about.html.
Interested in the overlap between observational astronomy and the application of data science to large data.
Research: Using remote sensing and terrestrial analogs to characterize surface geology and mass movements on Mars.
Research: Experimentally probing the physical chemistry that is present in and around Titan’s lakes.
Research: Ground-based, space-based, and airborne telescopic observations of small Solar System bodies in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared, and mid-infrared.
Research: I seek to better understand past and present surface environments on Mars by improving tools for interpreting orbital datasets. This broad effort materializes in the form of statistical analysis of remote sensing data, analog field work, thermophysical modelling and laboratory thermal emission observations.
Research: Laura is the Instrument Scientist and Ground Support Lead for VISIONS, a student-lead, low-cost, dual-wavelength imager for small-satellite platforms for deep-space/interplanetary missions. In addition, she looks over operation plans and telemetry for EMIRS. Future research may involve thermal roughness and the 3 micron hydration feature on planetary bodies.
Research: I seek to understand the physical properties of small bodies in the Solar System, specifically near-Earth asteroids. I use as many observational techniques as possible, including the Arecibo Observatory, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, and the Lowell Discovery Telescope.
Research: My research involves the study of extraterrestrial planets using comparable areas on Earth (terrestrial analogs). I plan to investigate fundamental geologic processes to better understand our Solar System and our Universe at large.
Research: Observation & characterization of small-bodies; spectral modeling.
Research: OH/H2O characterization of near-Earth Asteroids.
Research: I study the relationships between explosive and effusive lunar volcanism, in addition to evaluating the in situ resource utilization potential of explosive lunar volcanic deposits.
Research: Studying volatile materials on Pluto and other outer solar system bodies in the Astrophysical Materials Lab.
Research: I study the small bodies of the Solar System using observational surveys and archival data searches. I’m interested in understanding the connection between these populations’ physical characteristics and their roles in the origin and formation of the Solar System.
Research: Studying Titan through a combination of ground-based observations, laboratory experiments, and atmospheric modelling to better understand the global weather patterns and exchange of materials between Titan’s surface and atmosphere.
Research: Chemical and physical alteration of astrophysical ices.
Research: Modeling of Exoplanetary Atmospheres.
Research: Characterization of planetary atmospheres via remote sensing and modeling.
Research: Characterize terrestrial planet atmospheres using photochemical modeling and evaluating disequilibrium biosignatures.
Staff Accordion Closed
Laboratory/Research Facility Administration Manager; Staff Astronomer, NURO
Program Assistant Manager, NAU/NASA Space Grant
Grant and Project Support Coordinator, Sr.
AIMER Coordinator, NAU/NASA Space Grant