Osterbrock Senior Fellows

The Osterbrock Senior Fellows are UCSC Astronomy faculty members who oversee the program and advise and provide additional close-at-hand mentoring advice for Fellows.

    Sandra Faber (Program Director)

  • Sandra Faber with Barack Obama receiving medal Sandra Faber is University Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a staff member of the University of California Observatories. Her research interests are cosmology, galaxy formation, and astronomical instrumentation. With collaborators, she discovered the Faber-Jackson scaling law for galaxies, uncovered black holes at the centers of galaxies, and provided the first detailed theory of galaxy formation based on cold dark matter. Honors include the Heinemann Prize and Russell Prizes from the American Astronomical Society, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Gruber Prize in Cosmology, and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Socity. She received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in February 2013.

  • Kevin Bundy

  • Kevin BundyKevin Bundy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. His work utilizes new "Big Data" survey programs combined with observations from premier telescopes to probe the physical processes responsible for the growth and evolution of galaxies over the last 10 billion years.  He is the PI of the Thirty Meter Telescope's Wide-field Optical Spectrograph.  Before moving to Santa Cruz, he was an assistant professor at the Kavli IPMU and previous to that, Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Reinhardt Fellow at the U. of Toronto.  He completed his  Ph.D. at Caltech in 2006.

  • Brant Robertson

  • Brant RobertsonBrant Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research interests include the theory of galaxy formation, dark matter, hydrodynamics, and numerical simulation methodologies. He previously held a Hubble Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology and a Spitzer and Institute Fellowship at Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. His scientific simulations of galaxy formation have been integrated into popular planetaria shows and viewed by millions on the television shows NOVA and COSMOS.


Andy Skemer

  • Andy SkemerAndy Skemer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he uses the largest telescopes in the world to image and characterize extrasolar planets.  Andy received his Ph.D from the University of Arizona in 2011 and was also a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona.  Andy's images of extrasolar planetary systems have been featured by Sky & Telescope, Science Daily, and NPR.