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For the 2016-2017 academic year, there are thirteen faculty (10 tenure track), three emeritus professors, several research associates and postdoctoral assistants, two professional office staff, nearly thirty Apache Point Observatory staff, and several dozen graduate students in the Astronomy Department. In addition, there are many adjunct faculty affiliated with the department from various other institutions, and we typically have numerous visitors throughout the year. Please feel free to talk with any and all of them on a regular basis. We are here to help you through your course work and to advise you on your research. Below, the names and research areas of our faculty are listed. If you have an interest in one of the research areas of these individuals, seek him/her out and begin discussions about her/his field and possible research problems. We encourage you to start working with the faculty as soon as possible on problems of interest in research.


Reta Beebe - Planetary atmospheres; HST, Voyager, and Galileo space-based observations; Director of the Planetary Data System Atmospheres node
Nancy Chanover (Associate Prof.)- Planetary Atmospheres, Instruments, PDS Atmospheres Node
Chris Churchill (Prof.)- Quasar Absorption Lines, Intergalactic Medium
Kristian Finlator (Assistant Prof.)
Tom Harrison - High Energy Astrophysics; Optical Counterparts of Gamma-Ray Sources; Novae; Cataclysmic Variables
Jon Holtzman (Prof.) - Stellar Population in Galaxies; Star Formation Histories in Galaxies; Globular Clusters; Instrumentation.
Jason Jackiewicz (Associate Prof.)- Helioseismology, Solar Physics, Space Weather, Condensed matter physics
Anatoly Klypin (Prof.) - Cosmology and Numerical Simulations of Structures in the Universe; Galaxy Formation.
James McAteer (Associate Prof.)- Solar physics, space weather
Jim Murphy (Prof.) - Atmospheric Science, Martian Atmosphere, Mars Exploration Missions
Moire Prescott (Assistant Prof.)
Rene Walterbos (Prof.) - The Interstellar Medium of External Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, Massive Stellar Populations, Galactic Structure
William Webber - Cosmic Ray Astrophysics

Emeritus/Affiliated Professors

Kurt Anderson - Apache Point Observatory Site Director; Galaxy Morphology, Active Galactic Nuclei, Stellar Evolution.
Herbert Beebe - Solar and Stellar Atmospheres; Solar Astrophysics, History of the NMSU Astronomy Department, Clyde Tombaugh Archive. Bernard McNamara (Prof.) - Stellar Astrometry; Stellar Variability; Ground-Based Observations of High Energy Objects; Binary Stars.
Nicole Vogt (Associate Prof., retired) - Astronomy Education, High Redshift Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution

Research Associates

Lyle Huber - Planetary Data System Atmospheres Node
Joni Johnson - PDS Atmospheres Node
Lynn Neakrase - PDS Atmospheres Node
Irma Trejo - PDS Atmospheres Node

Postdoctoral Assistants

Chunming Zhu - solar group

Department Staff

Lorenza Sanchez - Accountant
Ofelia Ruiz - Administrative Secretary

Apache Point Observatory

Dmitry Bizyaev - 2.5m observer
Jon Brinkmann - computing
Frances Cope - plugger
Jack Dembicky - 3.5m observing specialist
Gordon Freischlad - 2.5m observer
Patrick Gaulme - 2.5m observer
Katie Grabowski - 2.5m observer
Candace Gray - 3.5m observing specialist
Ben Harris - site supervisor
Diana Holder - plugger
Bill Ketzeback - chief telescope engineer, 3.5m
Karen Kinemuchi - 2.5m observer
Mark Klaene - Site Director
Ed Leon - electronics engineer
Dan Long - chief telescope technician, 2.5m
Elena Malanushenko- 2.5m observer
Viktor Malanushenko- 2.5m observer
Russet McMillan - lead support astronomer, 3.5m
Beth Mitchell - program manager
Deanna Naugle - buyer
Tracy Naugle - lab tech
Dan Oravetz - 2.5m observer
Audrey Oravetz - 2.5m observer
Kaike Pan - 2.5m head observer
James Parker - electronics
Fritz Stauffer - computing

Adjunct (Affiliate) Professors

Krzysztof Belczynski (Los Alamos National Lab)
Jon Brinkmann (Apache Point Observatory)
Tim Dowling (University of Louisville)
Stefan Gottlober (Astrophysical Institute, Potsdam)
Paul Higbie (New Mexico State University)
Steve Howell (WIYN Observatory)
John J. Keady (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos)
Steve Keil (National Solar Observatory, Sunspot)
Mark Marley (Ames NASA Research Center)
Donald F. Neidig (National Solar Observatory, Sunspot)
Sally Oey (University of Michigan)
Frazer Owen (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro)
Davor Palle (Institute Ruder Boskovic, Zagreb, Croatia)
Kaike Pan (Apache Point Observatory)
Francisco Prada (Centro Astronomico Hispano-Aleman, Spain)
Richard R. Radick (National Solar Observatory, Sunspot)
George Rhee (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Axel Schwope (Technical University, Berlin)
Stephanie Snedden (Apache Point Observatory, Sunspot)
William L. Stein (Physical Science Lab, NMSU)
John Stocke (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Paula Szkody (University of Washington)
James Ulvestadt (NRAO, Socorro)
Tom Vestrand (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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