Kyle S. Dawson

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

328 INSCC • 801-581-4785 • kdawson@astro



I am the pprinciapal investigator for the eBOSS cosmology program (2014-2019). I work with Will Percival (Survey Scientist: Portsmouth/Waterloo) and Jean-Paul Kneib (Deputy-PI: EPFL, Switzerland) to ensure that the program is successful.

I work collaboratively on BOSS and eBOSS with my colleague at Utah, Zheng Zheng, and my former colleague Adam Bolton who is now at NOAO.

While I have many colleagues in the BOSS, eBOSS, and DESI collaboration, the ones I work the most closely with are in the planning and operations of the project. Before the photons hit the telescope, Jeremy Tinker at NYU and Hee-Jong Seo at Ohio University work with me to get the spectroscopic targets in order in eBOSS. As we build DESI, I work with Connie Rockosi at UC-Santa Cruz and Paul Martini at Ohio State University to plan an eventually implement commissioning and verification of the science data. From the data pipeline working group, those are Julien Guy at LPNHE (Paris), Stephen Bailey at LBNL (Berkeley) and David Kirkby at UC-Irvine.

Current Group Members

My current research group consists of a postdoctoral researcher and a graduate student. The name, position, and most recent work are reported below.

Hélion du Mas des Bourboux (2017-present) Postdoctoral Researcher Lyman-alpha cosmology
Vikrant Kamble (2014-present) Graduate Student Mean transmission in the lyman-alpha forest

Former Group Members

Previous members of my research group have moved on to a variety of positions. The name, position they held as a member of my group, and current position are reported below.

Vivek Mariappan (2014-2017) Postdoctoral Researchear Postdoc at Penn State
Julian Bautista (2014-2017) Postdoctoral Researchear Postdoc at University of Portsmouth
Peter Brown (2009-2012) Postdoctoral Researchear Postdoc at Texas A&M
Matthew Olmstead (2009-2014) Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher Asst prof: King's College (Pennsylvania)
Tim Hutchinson (2015-2017) Graduate Student Discover Card
David Harris (2009-2015) Graduate Student Instructor: Florida Gulf State University
Donna Taylor (2015) Graduate Student Master's Program in Computer Science
Suchit Maindola (2011) Master's Student (EECS) Industry
Jamie Dyer (2016-2017) Undergraduate Student Outdoor programs for youth
Trey Jensen (2013-2016) Undergraduate Student PhD student at New York University
Sarah Moran (2013) Undergraduate REU Student PhD student at Johns Hopkins University
Chris Ahn (2012-2013) Undergraduate Student PhD student at University of Utah
Erika Loertscher (2012) Freshman Internship Graduate with Bachelor's in Mathematics
Dennis Della Corte (2010-2011) Undergraduate Student PhD (Forschungszentrum Julich), industry
Nic Ramsrud (2010-2011) Undergraduate Student Industry