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Meet Some of Our Postdoctoral Fellows

Brian Stalder  

Brian Stalder received his PhD from UH in 2007 and spent about seven years as a postdoc at Harvard before returning to IfA in August as the ATLAS postdoctoral fellow. While a student at IfA, he studied high-redshift radio galaxies, and he tested detectors and developed prototype cameras as a member of the Pan-STARRS camera group. At Harvard, he continued to work on astronomical instrumentation and on data analysis techniques while studying very large distant galaxy clusters as part of the South Pole Telescope consortium. His duties with the ATLAS project include hardware testing and pipeline development, and he is looking forward to exploring the time-domain of extragalactic sources and searching for near-Earth objects once ATLAS is in operation.

As a near-Earth object postdoctoral fellow, Eva Schunova participates in projects designed to discover and study asteroids and comets near our planet using data obtained by the Pan-STARRS telescopes on Haleakalā on Maui, as well as by other observatories in Hawai‘i and around the world. Although she took up this position in September, she is no newcomer to IfA, having spent time here while working on her dissertation for Comenius University in Slovakia and in a variety of short-term positions. Her first name is pronounced like the town ‘Ewa in southwest O‘ahu, not like the hurricane, ‘Iwa.

  Eva Schunova

Nicolas Flagey is an expert on interstellar dust and gas, and studies dying stars. He is also interested in data reduction, and instrument and observatory support. After receiving his PhD from Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, University Paris XI in France in 2007, he spent several years as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Flagey works in the IfA Hilo office and volunteers some of his time to support the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Maunakea. He has the longest title of anyone at IfA, “Hunting for Missing Evolved Stars in the Galactic Plane (HMESGP) Postdoctoral Fellow.”

  Eva Schunova
Julien Carron  

Julien Carron and Melody Wolk are cosmology postdoctoral fellows working with István Szapudi. Carron joined the IfA staff in October 2012 after completing his doctorate at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. He is the recipient of the 2014 Alexander Friedrich Schläfli Prize, given by the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences for his doctoral thesis, which focused on the spatial distribution of galaxies. His work at IfA includes the large-scale structure of the Universe and weak gravitational lensing. Wolk arrived at IfA in November 2013 after receiving her doctorate from the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, where she completed her dissertation under the direction of Henry Joy McCracken and Stephane Colombi. She studies galaxy clustering.

  Melody Wolk