Curriculum Vitae

    Paul G. Kalas


  • Present Address
  • Astronomy Department
    New Campbell Hall
    University of California at Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-3411    U.S.A.
    Tel: (510) 642-8285

  • Scientific Interests
  • Direct imaging of planetary systems, circumstellar matter around main sequence and pre-main sequence stars, trans-Neptunian objects, stellar and planetary dynamics, optical and near-infrared coronagraphy, high contrast imaging with adaptive optics and the Hubble Space Telescope, mid-infrared and sub-millimeter imaging, and astronomy ethics.

  • Education
  • Ph. D. (Astronomy) University of Hawai'i at Manoa, December, 1996
    Title: A coronagraphic survey for circumstellar disks around main sequence and pre-main sequence stars;    Supervisor: Prof. David Jewitt
    M.S. (Astronomy) University of Hawai'i at Manoa, June, 1992
    B.S. (Astronomy and Physics) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1989

  • Professional Positions
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley 07/09 - present
    Science Steering Committee, Gemini Planet Imager 10/10 - present
    Principal Investigator, SETI Institute, Mountain View, 05/09 - present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley 07/06 - 06/09
    Assistant Research Astronomer, University of California , Berkeley 05/01 - 06/06
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California and the NSF Center for Adaptive Optics,
        Berkeley 05/00 - 04/01
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore 11/98 - 05/00
    Postdoctoral Scientist, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg (MPIA) 9/96 - 10/98
    Co-Project Scientist, Adaptive Optics with a Laser for Astronomy, MPIA, 9/97-10/98

  • Achievements
  • Key Discoveries:
        Optical discovery images of an exosolar planet candidate with orbital motion around a nearby star (Fomalhaut; May, 2008). First optical images of debris belts and disks around HD 15745 and HD 15115 (2007), HD 53143 and HD 139664 (2006), Fomalhaut (2005), and AU Microscopii (2004).

    Awards:
        AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (2009)
        AIAA Pickering Lecture (2010)

    Funded Research Programs:
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #13726 (2014)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #13725 (2014)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #13434 (2013)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #13362 (2013)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #13037 (2012)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #12576 (2011)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #12281 (2010)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #12225 (2010)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #11674 (2010)
        PI, NASA Origins Program (2010)
        co-PI, National Science Foundation, Astronomical Sciences (2009)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #11979 (2008)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #11818 (2008)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #11150 (2007)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10896 (2006)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10895 (2006)
        co-I, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10847 (2006)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10599 (2005)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10598 (2005)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10390 (2005)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #10228 (2004)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #9862 (2003)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #9861 (2003)
        PI, Hubble Space Telescope Program #9475 (2002)
        PI, NASA Origins Program (2002)
        PI, NASA/NSF SIM Preparatory Science Program and the NStars Program (June 2000);
        Co-I, NSF Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation: Astronomical Applications with the Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) of the United States Air Force (September 2000)

  • Service:
  • Appointments:
        Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee (various years after 2012)
        Nature Magazine Reader Panel (2008-2010)
        NASA Exoplanet Science & Technology (various years after 2009)
        Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France (various years after 2009)
        Subaru Telescope Time Allocation Committee (2006-2007)
        Spitzer Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee (2004)
        NASA Origins Program (2002-2004)
        NASA Exozody Study Panel (1998)

    International Conference Organizing Committee Member:
        Spirit of Lyot, Montreal, Canada (2015)
        30 Years Beta Pic, Paris, France (2014)
        IAU 299, Victoria, Canada (2013)
        Spirit of Lyot, Paris, France (2010)
        Spirit of Lyot, Berkeley, USA (2007)

    Volunteer: ASP Project Astro (2001-2002)

    Referee / Peer Review: Nature, Science, Astrophysical Journal, Astronomical Journal, Astronomy and  Astrophysics, Astronomy Education Review

  • Telescope and Instrumentation Experience
  • Keck Observatory 10-m, Mauna Kea, NIR array with adaptive optics
    Gemini Observatory 8-m: mid-IR array Michelle; Gemini Planet Imager
    ESO Very Large Telescope 8-m, Cerro Paranal, adaptive optics NAOS/CONICA
    University of California Lick 3-m, Mt. Hamilton, NIR array with adaptive optics
    University of Hawaii 2.2 m, Mauna Kea, CCD and coronagraph
    Infrared Telescope Facility, Mauna Kea, NIR array, 1-5 micron, IR coronagraph CoCo
    United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, Mauna Kea, NIR array IRCam, 10-20 micron camera, MAX
    Hubble Space Telescope, ACS, NICMOS, WFPC2, STIS
    German-Spanish Observatory, Calar Alto 2.2 m and 3.5 m telescopes, NIR and CCD arrays,
        coronagraphs, and laser guide star adaptive optics

  • Professional Memberships
  •     American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
        American Astronomical Society (AAS)
        Hellenic Astronomical Society

  • Teaching
  • Optical and Infrared Undergraduate Lab (UC Berkeley)
    Science ethics for professional astronomers (UC Berkeley)
    ESA Summer School, Alpbach, Austria (2009)
    Winter School, Les Houches, France (2008)

  • Current or Former Students
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Holly Maness, Remy Reche (external committee member), Mickael Bonnefoy (external committee member), Jason Wang.