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Science Operations - GN

Andy Adamson
Associate Director Operations
aadamson@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2711

Operations
Hilo, US
He received his B.Sc. in Physics at Imperial College London, UK, in 1979, and Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1983. After a period as an optical astronomer at the University of St. Andrews, he returned to the infrared as a postdoctoral researcher at Lancashire Polytechnic, Preston, UK (now the University of Central Lancashire). After more than ten years at UCLAN, he moved to become Head of Operations at the UK Infrared Telescope in 1998. Principal research interests are the composition and physical properties of dust grains in the interstellar medium. Andy joined Gemini in May of 2010.
Inger Jorgensen
Deputy Associate Director Operations
inger@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2522

Operations
Hilo, US
Inger Jorgensen is the Deputy Associate Director for Operations. She obtained her PhD in astronomy from Copenhagen University, Denmark, in 1993. Following a postdoctoral fellowship and a Hubble Fellowship at University of Texas, Austin, she joined Gemini in 1998. Her main research interests are the formation and evolution of galaxies. She leads an international research group carrying out an observational study of the stellar populations of galaxies in rich clusters between z=2 and the present using the Gemini Telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Sandy Leggett
GN Head of Science Operations
sleggett@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2604

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Gemini Homepage
Sandy Leggett joined Gemini Observatory in Hilo in July 2006, as a tenure-track astronomer. She came from the UK Infrared Telescope, where she was a Support Astronomer for ten years (and Senior Support Astronomer for two). Prior to UKIRT, she was a Support Astronomer at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility from 1994 to 1996, and a visiting Assistant Professor at UH Hilo from 1993 to 1994. Between 1988 and 1992 she was a Research Associate at the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona, assisting with their parallax program, and carrying out optical and infrared observational studies of cool white dwarfs and red dwarfs. Her first postdoctoral position took her to Edinburgh University from 1984 to 1988, where her interest in cool dwarfs (white, red and brown), and her frequent use of Mauna Kea telescopes, started. Sandy obtained her BA in Physics in 1980, and her PhD in Astrophysics in 1984, both at the University of Oxford.
Jesse Ball
Science Operations Specialist
jball@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2530

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Jesse Ball is a System Support Associate. He received his B.A. in Physics with Emphasis on Astronomy from Macalester College in 2001, where he worked under Prof. Kim Venn as the Observatory Specialist. He went on to work as the Observatory Manager at Carleton College through 2002. In 2004, he joined the STACEE project (Solar Tower Atmospheric Cherenkov Effect Experiment: a ground-based gamma-ray observatory) as an Observer. He came to Gemini N. in 2007, and hopes to pursue optical instrumentation while here.
Curtis Beck
Aircraft Spotter
cbeck@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Lauren Biddle
Science Intern
lbiddle@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Stephen Bond
Aircraft Spotter
sbond@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Joy Chavez
Science Operations Specialist
jchavez@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2580

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Andre-Nicolas Chene
Assistant Scientist
achene@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2632

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
André-Nicolas Chené is an assistant scientist at the Gemini North Observatory since early 2013. He obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Université de Montréal in 2007. He then moved across his home country ("A Mari Usque Ad Mare") to become a research associate for the National Research Council Canada at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he held a joint post-doctoral position between the Unversidad de Concepcion and the Universidad de Valparaiso, in Chile, and joined the science team of the VISTA Variable in Via Lactea survey. His main scientific interests are massive stars and young stellar open clusters. His expertise covers optical and near infrared imaging and spectroscopy. Two things he enjoys a lot since he moved to Hawai'i are long observing runs at Mauna Kea, and his daily bike ride to work up and down Puainako St.
Kristin Chiboucas
Gemini Science Fellow
kchiboucas@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2602

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Kristin Chiboucas is a science fellow at Gemini North. She obtained her
PhD in 2003 from the University of Michigan.
Before rejoining Gemini in 2009, she held postdoc positions at Gemini
and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her main
research interests are on galaxy formation and evolution, investigated
through a range of projects including the star formation
and assembly histories of cluster galaxies as a function of redshift,
the galaxy luminosity function as a function of
environment, and the search for extreme dwarf galaxies including very
low surface brightness and ultra compact dwarfs.
Dolores Coulson
GN Science Operation Specialist Group Manager
dwalther@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2525

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Dolores Coulson is the Lead Senior Systems Support Associate at Gemini North. She received her BA in Mathematics from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1982 and her MPhil in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Central Lancashire, England. She was a telescope operator at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope from 1983 to 1997. In 1993 she became an Afficliate Astronomer at the Joint Astronomy Centre until 1997, when she joined the Gemini North Operation.Her research interests are in Star Formation, Bipolar Outflows, Vega-Excess type stars and Brown Dwarfs.
Lucas Fuhrman
Science Operations Specialist
lfuhrman@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2613

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
He obtained a BA from SFSU and an MS in Astronomy from NAU. His first experience at an observatory was in Arizona spying on the astrometric motion of several of our stellar neighbors. Later he found himself on the island of Hawai'i operating the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope. In mid 2007 Lucas joined Gemini South as a System Support Associate. His astronomical interests include low mass objects, astrobiology, and instrumentation.
Joel Garber
Aircraft Spotter
jgarber@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Tom Geballe
Astronomer
tgeballe@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2519

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Tom Geballe obtained a PhD in physics in 1974 under Prof. Charles Townes at U.C. Berkeley. Following postdoctoral fellowships at Berkeley and Leiden,
and a Carnegie Fellowship at Hale Observatories in Pasadena, he became a staff astronomer at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope in 1981. He was
Astronomer-in-charge, Associate Director, and Head of Operations at UKIRT from 1987 until 1998, when he joined Gemini. Among his research interests
are the Galactic center, the late stages of stellar evolution, H3+ as a probe of interstellar gas, the composition of interstellar dust, the surfaces, atmospheres, and aurorae of planets and moons, and brown dwarfs.
Michael Hoenig
Science Operations Specialist
mhoenig@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2626

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Michael Hoenig is a Data Analysis Specialist at Gemini North. He
obtained a BSc in Astrophysics from the University of Sussex in 1996,
and a PhD from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy in
2004. His thesis centred around the commissioning of the CIRSI near-infrared
mosaic camera, the development of a suitable data reduction process, and
a subsequent search for distant galaxy clusters.
Mataio King
Aircraft Spotter
mking@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Brian Kirk
Science Intern
bkirk@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2641

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Kathleen Labrie
Data Reduction Development Supervisor
klabrie@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2512

Operations - Data Reduction
Hilo, US
Kathleen Labrie is an Associate Scientist at Gemini Observatory in Hilo. She received her B.Sc. in Physics from Universite Laval (Quebec City) in 1994, and obtained her PhD. in Physics from University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia) in 2003, under the supervision of Prof. Chris J. Pritchet. She is currently the Project Lead for Gemini's data reduction software. Her main research interests are related to starburst galaxies, supernova feedback and supernova remnants, and ISM processes.
Marie Lemoine-Busserolle
Gemini Science Fellow
mbussero@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2601

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Marie Lemoine-Busserolle is a Gemini Science Fellow at Gemini North and currently the GNIRS and NIFS instrument scientist. She was also the MICHELLE instrument scientist. She obtained her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Toulouse, France, end of 2003, and moved after to a two-years postdoctoral position at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge (UK). Marie held a position as an UK Gemini support scientist in the UK NGO office at the university of Oxford for three and a half years before joining Gemini. Her research interest includes galaxy formation and evolution through the study of physical properties of spatially resolved distant galaxies populations using adaptive optics and integral-field spectroscopy in the optical and infrared. Marie also works on investigating the properties of high-redshift galaxies behind lensing clusters.
Amanaki Marrich
Aircraft Spotter
amarrich@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Rachel Mason
Assistant Astronomer
rmason@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2558

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Rachel Mason is an Assistant Astronomer, Tenure-Track at the Gemini Observatory in Hilo. She took up this position after a postdoctoral fellowship at the NOAO Gemini Science Center (in both Tucson and La Serena), having obtained a PhD in astronomy from the Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh, in 2003. Her research interests include the central regions of AGN, studied primarily through high angular resolution infrared imaging and spectroscopy, and the chemistry of dust in both our own and other galaxies.
Jennifer Miller
Science Operations Specialist
jmiller@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2578

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Atsuko Nitta
Associate Scientist
anitta@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2621

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Atsuko Nitta is an Assistant Scientist at Gemini Observatory in Hilo. She obtained a PhD in 2000 at University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she worked for Sloan Digital Sky Survey for 5 years before joining Gemini Observatory. Her research interest includes studies of white dwarf stars to learn about the physics under extreme conditions, place constraints on stellar evolution prior to becoming white dwarf stars, and using them to trace the stellar evolution history.
Sabrina Pakzad
Science Operations Specialist
spakzad@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2507

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Adam Paul
Science Intern
apaul@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2597

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Andreea Petric
Science Fellow
apetric@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2532

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Vinicius Placco
Science Fellow
vplacco@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974 2545

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Michael Pohlen
Science Operations Specialist
mpohlen@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2600

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Katherine Roth
Associate Scientist
kroth@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2614

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Homepage
Kathy Roth is an Associate Scientist based at Gemini North. She obtained her BSc in Physics and Computer Science at Duke University in 1985 and her PhD in Astrophysics from Northwestern University in 1992. She held a postdoctoral position at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore from 1992 until 1995, followed by a Hubble Fellowship at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy from 1995 until 1998. In 1998 she joined the staff of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) at Johns Hopkins University back in Baltimore, and has been back in Hawaii as part of the Gemini Observatory staff since July 2000. Her research interests include the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium in our galaxy and in the high redshift universe via quasar absorption line spectroscopy, the study of young high redshift galaxies, and the use of gamma ray bursts to probe chemical enrichment at the highest redshifts of the first stars.
Eldridge Shay
Aircraft Spotter & Laser Operator
eshay@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Jenny Shih
Science Fellow
jshih@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2549

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Adam Smith
Science Operations Specialist
asmith@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2643

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Andrew Stephens
Associate Scientist
astephens@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2611

Operations - GN Science Ops
Hilo, US
Andrew Stephens is an Assistant Scientist and the NIRI Instrument Scientist at Gemini Observatory in Hilo. He obtained his BS in 1996 from the Pennsylvania State University, and his PhD in 2001 from the Ohio State University, both in astronomy. He was awarded the Princeton - Catolica Prize Fellowship in 2001, of which 1 year was spent at Princeton University, and 2 years at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago Chile. In 2004 he began work at Gemini. His research interests include galaxy formation and evolution through the study of resolved stellar populations using space-based telescopes and ground-based telescopes with adaptive optics, and stellar chemical abundances and dynamics via optical and infrared spectroscopy.
Sunny Stewart
Science Operations Specialist
sstewart@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2573

Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Cameron Wipper
Aircraft Spotter
cwipper@gemini.edu
Operations - GN Science Ops - GN SOS
Hilo, US
Cam is a Aircraft & Satellite Spotter at Gemini North. Originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, he came to Hawaii in 2011 to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He expects to graduate from UHH with a BSc in Astronomy in December 2013. He joined the Gemini North LGS team in June 2013 after working as a spotter at Subaru Telescope and as a volunteer night observation assistant at both the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and the Smithsonian’s Submillimeter Array, all on Mauna Kea. Additionally, he works in planetarium operations and public outreach at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.