RECON Project Leads

Meet Dr. Marc Buie:

Marc Buie at Burney Falls in California

Dr. Marc Buie is a planetary scientist and observational astronomer at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. Formerly at Lowell Observatory, Marc has dedicated his career to studying Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, and other Trans-Neptunian Objects.



Meet Dr. John Keller:

John Keller leading teacher workshop in Alaska

Dr. John Keller is a planetary scientist and astronomy educator in the Physics Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. A former high school and middle school teacher, John is also Co-Director of the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME), which focuses on teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention, and runs STAR – the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program.

Meet our Cal Poly Student Assistants

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Ilianna Salas is third year Journalism/PR student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is also pursuing a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications. After graduation, she will pursue a Master of Public Administration.

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Matthew Kehrli is a second year Physics major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is working towards a minor in Astronomy. He hopes to attend graduate school after he completes his degree.

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Diana Swanson is a second year Physics major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is pursing environmental science and astronomy minors and is looking forward to continue to do research and attend graduate school.