Steve holds a B.S. in physics (with minors in mathematics and archaeology) from Oregon State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a doctoral dissertation focused on modeling of stellar systems and planet-forming environments. Prior to his time at NEON, Steve was an astronomer and software engineer supporting the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology, and a staff member at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. In previous lives, he has also done research in oceanography (at SOEST at the University of Hawaii) and surveyed archaeological sites for the Bureau of Land Management. Steve is also a part-time member of the Cyberinfrastructure team at NEON, and enjoys designing and developing computing infrastructure to serve science. His research interests include understanding how canopy substructure affects boundary value formulations and applying multi-disciplinary algorithmic methods to tackle some of NEON's outstanding challenges.
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