Adjunct Senior Astronomer
Disciplines: Astrophysics, SETI
Degree/Major: DPhil (PhD) Astrophysics, Oxford University, 2002
Curriculum vitae: croftcv-Aprilfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Dr. Steve Croft is a radio astronomer working on the Breakthrough Listen [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJaQi8XYzRU ] technosignature search project with UC Berkeley SETI Research Center (BSRC), where he leads Listen's observational program on the 100-meter Green Bank Telescope [ https://youtu.be/sobaAqgQWLY ]- the world's largest steerable telescope. In addition to being a key member of the Listen science team, he is the Director of Undergraduate Research at BSRC [ https://seti.berkeley.edu/Internship.html ], and also manages BSRC's outreach, communication, and education efforts.
At the SETI Institute Steve is involved in SETI research with the Allen Telescope Array, in particular making the array accessible to outside experts as part of the open-source GNU Radio project. Steve was a member of the ATA science commissioning team from 2007 - 2011 and is excited to see the new capabilities being developed for the telescope. He played a key role in bringing GNU Radio and the SETI Institute together and forming a partnership that is growing beyond SETI research [ https://www.seti.org/press-release/seti-institute-and-gnu-radio-join-forces ].
Steve is also a member of the team implementing the National Radio Dynamic Zone at Hat Creek Radio Observatory, which explores new techniques for sharing the radio spectrum. Additionally, he is a co-investigator on a project [ https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkbq7z/nasa-is-quietly-funding-a-hunt-for-alien-megastructures ] to search for transiting megastructures in data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. He is also involved in education and outreach projects at the SETI Institute, and played a key role in establishing the SETI Forward Fund [ https://www.seti.org/seti-forward ].
Steve obtained his undergraduate degree in Astrophysics from University College, London, and a DPhil (PhD) in Astrophysics from Oxford University. After postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory he moved to UC Berkeley in 2007, and took up a joint appointment at the SETI Institute in 2020. Steve lives in Oakland, California with his wife Lori Andrus (a lawyer) and their dog Laika.