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Science Operations - GS

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.
Kenneth Anderson
Data Process Developer
kanderso@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205753

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Alvaro Arias
Aircraft Spotter
aarias@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205700

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Pablo Candia
Science Operations Specialist
pcandia@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205660

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Pablo Candia is a Science Operations Specialist at Gemini South. He graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile becoming a Licenced in Physics in 1994. Then he studied Astronomy for two years in IAG, Sao Paulo University, Brazil. After that, Pablo returned to Chile and worked in Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory during six years as a Data Analyst for the High-z Supernova project.
Andrew Cardwell
Science Operations Specialist
acardwel@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205764

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Andrew Cardwell became a Science Operations Specialist at Gemini South in April 2012. He came to Gemini from Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on the Canary Islands, where he worked for several years in various observing support positions. Andrew holds a Masters in Science in Opto-electronics and Optical Information Processing, and a BSc degree in Physics and Astronomy, both from The Queen's University in Belfast.
Rodrigo Carrasco
Assistant Astronomer
rcarrasco@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205607

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Rodrigo Carrasco is an Assistant Astronomer, Tenure-Track at Gemini Observatory in La Serena. Rodrigo obtained his Bachelor in Astronomy and Mathematics at Saint Petersburg State University (Russian Federation) in 1993, his Master in Physics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile, in 1996 and his PhD in Astronomy at
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001. He joined the Gemini Observatory staff in April 2001. His research interests include, among others, the evolution of dwarf galaxies and their stellar population in low density environments, galaxy evolution and morphology in groups, clusters and at large scale, cluster dynamics, strong gravitational lensing in the core of massive cluster of galaxies, and the study of compact massive galaxies at high redshift.
Blair Conn
Assistant Scientist
bconn@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205793

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Emanuel Costa
Aircraft Spotter
ecosta@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205700

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Ruben Diaz
Assistant Scientist
rdiaz@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205695

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Gemini Homepage
Ruben Diaz is a Science Fellow at Gemini Observatory in Chile. He obtained a PhD in astronomy in August 2004 at the National University of Cordoba, under Profs. Horacio Dottori (Brazil) and Gustavo Carranza (Argentina). He has worked several years at Cordoba Observatory as teacher, also in charge of the Public Outreach Brand and of the Bosque Alegre Telescope. His research interests are broadly extended in extragalactic astronomy, and recently focused in the fueling mechanisms of activity in galaxies.
Javier Fuentes
Science Operations Specialist
jfuentes@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205679

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Javier joined Gemini South as a Science Operations Specialist in May, 2011. He worked as Telescope Operator at the Las Campanas Observatory for six years and also was team member of the GMT Site Testing Campaign. He earned his undergraduate degree at the Universidad de La Serena where he double-majored in Physics and Astronomy and is currently finishing the Master thesis in Astronomy about the Stellar Populations in the field of the Open Cluster NGC 2467: Haffner 18 b. His current interests are astronomical instrumentation in the Near-Infrared wavelengths, scientific outreach and astrophotography.
German Gimeno
Assistant Scientist
ggimeno@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205641

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
German is an Assistant Scientist at Gemini Observatory, and is the GMOS-S instrument scientist since 2011. He was previously the Phoenix instrument scientist also at Gemini South. He earned a PhD in Astronomy from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina; under the guidance of Drs. Gustavo Carranza and Ruben Diaz. He had worked at Cordoba Observatory as support astronomer and telescope operator at the Bosque Alegre 1.54m telescope between 1997 and 2002. He also taught Optics and Galactic Structure at the undergraduate level at Cordoba University. His main interests are astronomical instrumentation and extragalactic astronomy, in particular galaxy dynamics and interactions, and compact groups of galaxies.
Percy Gomez
Associate Scientist
pgomez@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205696

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Percy Gomez is an Assistant Astronomer at Gemini South. He received his BS in Physics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Lima, Peru) and his PhD in Astronomy from New Mexico State University.
He held two postdoctoral positions, one at Rutgers University and another one at Carnegie Mellon University, before joining Gemini North in 2003. He relocated to Gemini South in 2006. His research focuses on the study of the evolution and physical properties of clusters of galaxies.
Pascale Hibon
Gemini Science Fellow
phibon@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205680

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Pascale Hibon joined Gemini as a Science Fellow in June 2011. Pascale obtained her PhD from Universit� Aix-Marseille I in 2007 after a 2-yr student internship at ESO in Santiago, Chile. After that she held two Research Fellow appointments, at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study and Arizona State University, before coming to Gemini South. Pascale's research area focuses on narrowband searches for very high redshift galaxies, which has led her to observe on several of the world's largest telescopes.
David Krogsrud
Science Operations Specialist
dkrogsru@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205657

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
David Krogsrud joined Gemini South as a Science Operations Specialist in April 2011. David is from Washington state, where he got his undergrad degree at the University of Washington. He obtained his master’s degree in Astronomy at San Diego State University before coming to Gemini.
Paul Langlois
Temporary Research Assistant
plangloi@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205600

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Ariel Lopez
GS Science Operation Specialist Group Manager
alopez@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205626

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Ariel Lopez is manager of the Science Operations Specialists group at Gemini South. He joined Gemini as a Systems Support Associate on February 4, 2008, and became supervisor of the GS SSA group in 2009 before becoming SOS manager in September 2011. He graduated the Universidad de Concepcion with a degree in Electronics Engineering. He has worked with satellite images processing in a remote sensing group belonging to the Universadad. Prior to joining Gemini, he was the telescope and instrument operator at the VLT project for the European Southern Observatory/Paranal. His interests are telescope control and adaptive optics.
Juan Madrid
Gemini Science Fellow
jmadrid@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205604

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Lindsay Magill
Science Operations Specialist
lmagill@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205640

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Steve Margheim
Assistant Scientist
smargheim@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205694

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Steven Margheim is an Assistant Scientist at Gemini South and is the bHROS
Instrument Scientist. Steve obtained his B.S. in Astronomy from Villanova
University, and then attended Indiana University for his Ph.D. under the
supervision of Constantine Deliyannis, before joining Gemini Observatory in
2005. His research interests include chemical abundance analysis with
high-resolution spectroscopy of various stellar populations including open
clusters, stars with planets, and metal-poor stars.
Eduardo Marin
Science Operation Specialist
emarin@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205648

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Eduardo Marin is a Science Operations Specialist at Gemini South. He joined Gemini originally as a Data Analysis Specialist at Gemini North. He received his BS in Astronomy with a minor in Mathematics from San Diego State University in 2009. While an undergraduate he worked at Mt. Laguna Observatory outside of San Diego, where he was involved in various major science and engineering projects. As an undergraduate he also worked with Professor Allen Shafter in the field of Cataclysmic Variables.
Bryan Miller
Astronomer
bmiller@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205618

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Gemini Homepage
Bryan Miller is an Astronomer with Tenure and Lead Scientist for Science Operations Development at Gemini Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington in 1994. He held postdoctoral positions at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Space Telescope Science Institute from 1994 to 1997 and at the University of Leiden from 1997 through 1999. He has been a staff astronomer at Gemini since early 2000. His research interests include the star formation histories of dwarf galaxies, HII region abundances, globular cluster systems, merging galaxies, galactic dynamics and kinematically decoupled cores, and integral-field spectroscopy.
Jorge Munoz
Aircraft Spotter
jmunoz@gemini.edu
Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Peter Pessev
Gemini Science Fellow
ppessev@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205668

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Peter Pessev is a Gemini Science Fellow at Gemini South. He joined the team of the Observatory in 2008 after obtaining a PhD degree from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Prior to that Peter worked for three years (2005-2008) at the STScI under the supervision of Dr. Paul Goudfrooij on a project focused on the multi-wavelength integrated-light properties of simple stellar populations. His scientific interests include the star cluster system of the Magellanic Clouds, integrated-light properties of simple stellar populations, testing and calibration of the SSP models.
Pablo Prado
Science Operations Specialist
pprado@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205624

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Pablo Prado is a System Support Associate at Gemini South. He obtained a license degree in Astronomy from the University of La Plata, Argentina in 1987. Before joining Gemini in Feb. 2000 he worked at the University of Toronto Souther Observatory at Las Campanas and La Silla Observatory (ESO). Current interests include Observatory Operations, Astronomical Instrumentation and development of dynamic web sites.
Fredrik Rantakyro
Associate Scientist
frantaky@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205665

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
After receiving his PhD in Astrophysics at Gothenburg University in 1994, Fredrik has worked at three post doctoral positions: Network Scientist for the European VLBI Network in Bologna (CNR), ESO Fellow at the Swedish European Sub-mm Telescope (SEST), and Staff Astronomer at the VLTI in Paranal where he was Instrument Scientist for AMBER (a near infrared instrument capable of combining the light from three telescopes). Fredrik now joins Gemini South as an Associate Scientist.
Mauricio Rojas
Aircraft Spotter
mrojas@gemini.edu
Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Rene Rutten
Gemini South Head of Science Operations
rrutten@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205629

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Mischa Schirmer
Gemini Science Fellow
mschirme@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205667

Operations - GS Science Ops
La Serena, CL
Mischa is a Science Fellow at Gemini South. He obtained his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2004. His first post-doc was with the
Isaac Newton of Telescopes in La Palma, Spain, where he worked for four years as support astronomer and instrument scientist for a near-infrared imaging spectrograph. He then returned to Bonn University for a pure research position, and joined Gemini in May 2011. Scientifically, Mischa focuses on fossil groups and (super)clusters of galaxies. Peculiar AGNs, tidal stellar streams and other low surface brightness creatures also get attention. On the technical side he's developing automatised data reduction schemes for optical and near-infrared imaging and spectroscopy. During his spare time Mischa loves to do astrophotography using self-made telescopes.
Carlos Segura
Aircraft Satellite Spotter
csegura@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205700

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Mark Simpson
Data Process Developer
msimpson@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205773

Operations - Data Reduction
La Serena, CL
Joanna Thomas-Osip
Assistant Science Operations Specialist
jthomas@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205687

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
James Turner
Associate Scientist
jturner@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205609

Operations - Data Reduction
La Serena, CL
James Turner is an Assistant Scientist at Gemini South. Having received his M.Sci. in Physics from Durham University, he stayed on with the Astronomical Instrumentation Group there for his Ph.D. in Astronomy, before joining Gemini as a Science Fellow in 2001. Special support interests have included GMOS, GNIRS, integral field spectroscopy and the corresponding data reduction tools. As of 2007, James is the deputy scientist for Gemini's data reduction software. His research is focused on evolution of galaxies, also including work on active galactic nuclei and data analysis methods.
Patricio Veliz
Aircraft Spotter
pveliz@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205700

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Erich Wenderoth
Science Operations Specialist
ewenderoth@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205677

Operations - GS Science Ops - GS SOS
La Serena, CL
Erich Wenderoth is a System Support Associate (SSA) at Gemini South. He is getting his Master degree in Physics, Honors Astrophysics, at the University of La Serena. Before coming to Gemini in February 2005, he worked at ESO/La Silla for nine years. As Research Associate, he is co-author of several publications on Photometry of Globular Clusters. He is now working in Photometry and Spectroscopy of Southern Ring Galaxies.