Michael Muno

I am interested in the intersection between science, public policy, and philosophy. I have a background in physics and astronomy. I finished my undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at UC Berkeley in 1997, and my PhD in physics at MIT in 2002. I then worked for six years as a researcher in astrophysics, first at MIT for a year, then at UCLA as a Hubble fellow, and then at Caltech supported by NASA grants. I am currently working as a technical staff member at a research facility.

My area of expertise as an astronomer are white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. I did research into how many of these objects there are in the Galaxy; how they interact with other stars; and what happens to matter that gets caught in their gravitational pull. I analyzed data from space-based observatories such as the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Newton X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Hubble Space Telescope, and from ground-based observatories such as The William Keck Observatory, the Palomar Observatory, the Green Bank Radio Telescope, and the Very Large Array.

My current work involves building computer models of systems, applying statistics to test hypotheses, researching the state of knowledge in various fields, writing about my results, and identifying new problems that my skills can help solve.