Astronomy Experts for the Media

If you are a member of the media and need to talk to an expert on just about any topic in astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin has got someone for you. Please use the pulldown menu of topics below, or simply browse the table at bottom. For more personalized assistance, contact press officer Rebecca Johnson at 512-475-6763 or

If you are a member of the general public with an astronomy question, please visit our FAQ on McDonald Observatory's skywatching web site, StarDate Online.

Thomas G. Barnes Tom Barnes
Fritz Benedict Fritz Benedict
  • Astrometry
  • Extrasolar Planets
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Life on Other Planets
  • SIM-Planetquest Mission
Anita L. Cochran Anita Cochran
  • Asteroids
  • Comets
  • Solar System
Neal J. Evans Neal Evans
  • Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Life
  • Birth of Stars
  • Brown Dwarfs
  • Spitzer Space Telescope
Karl Gebhardt Karl Gebhardt
  • Black Holes
  • Dark Energy
  • Dark Matter
  • Galaxies
Teacher Workshop at McDonald Observatory Mary Kay Hemenway
  • Galileo Galilei
  • History of Astronomy
Shardha Jogee Shardha Jogee
  • Dark Matter
  • Galaxies
  • Hubble Space Telescope
John Kormendy John Kormendy
  • Andromeda Galaxy, M31
  • Black Holes
  • Dark Matter
  • Galaxies
Chris Sneden Chris Sneden
  • Chemistry of the Universe
  • Lifecycle of Stars
  • Milky Way Galaxy
  • Spectroscopy
J. Craig Wheeler J. Craig Wheeler
  • Black Holes
  • Gamma-Ray Bursters
  • Neutron Stars
  • Novae and Supernovae