Senior Staff Scientist
As Senior Staff Scientist for Commissioning, Greg works with the NEON science teams to ensure that the observatory delivers the scientific data needed to address key ecological questions. His specialty is bringing new scientific instruments online, integrating them into existing observatory infrastructure, and maximizing their scientific productivity. Before joining NEON, Greg served as an astronomer at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home to two of the world’s largest ground-based astronomical telescopes atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. While there, he led or co-led the commissioning of three major fully-robotic, remote-sensing, hyperspectral imaging spectrographs (LRIS-B, DEIMOS, and MOSFIRE).
Greg holds a B.A. in Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University and earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He enjoys outdoor pursuits including cycling, disc golf, and ultimate, and is a passionate fan of jazz bassist Ray Brown and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.