Nathan J. Secrest

I am a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at George Mason University.  I am currently pursuing my PhD in physics, with a concentration in astrophysics.  My research interests include active galactic nuclei (AGNs), black hole physics, and the formation of structure in the early universe. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy at The University of Hawai'i at Hilo.  During my time in Hawai'i, I volunteered at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS), where I later worked as an Interpretive Guide and astrophotographer.  I also worked at the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) and I programmed and developed a new photometric camera for the University of Hawai'i 2.2-meter Telescope (UH88).  In my last two years in Hawai'i, I volunteered my time contributing heavily to the Variable Young Stellar Objects Survey (VYSOS).  Outside of academia, I enjoy photography and playing guitar, and I enjoy a wide range of fields, including evolutionary biology, futurology, ontology, and politics. 


  1. Secrest, N. J., et al. 2012. ApJ, (in review)
  2. Elliot, J. L., et al. 2010. Nature, 465, 897


    "A KBO in the Crosshairs", Sky & Telesope