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 the 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 Belyn Grant:

Belyn is an undergraduate student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo studying philosophy with a minor in astronomy.


Belyn in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

She is excited about learning new things and sharing knowledge with others. After school, Belyn plans on becoming a science or math teacher. When not studying, Belyn is most likely outside rock climbing, rafting, or just enjoying the natural world.