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.
- Secrest, N. J., et al. 2012. ApJ, (in review)
- Elliot, J. L., et al. 2010. Nature, 465, 897
"A KBO in the Crosshairs", Sky & Telesope