Senior Research Scientist
Disciplines: Extragalactic Far Infrared Spectroscopy
Degree/Major: Ph.D., Astronomy, 1987, University of Massachusetts
Curriculum vitae: Steven_Lord_vita.firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Research Astronomer Steven Lord joined the SETI Institute in 2014.
Steve's interests include understanding how new stars are formed in galaxies, what promotes star formation in grand design spiral galaxies in contrast to star formation in colliding galaxy
Steve also has a keen interest in astrobiology, and is a member of the Herschel HEXOS team, charged with surveying the vast chemical complexity found within the Orion Nebula and Sgr B. The molecular chemistry therein may point the path to prebiotic interstellar chemical evolution. Steve’s Herschel Space Observatory research follows a history of KAO, ISO, and Spitzer-driven spectroscopic discoveries, and is turning now toward ALMA as the source for new data.
Steve has a long-time involvement with SETI research and endeavors. He served four summers at the NASA Ames SETI office (before NASA discontinued its overt SETI involvement). He helped design early instrumentation (Project Oasis, S. Lord editor), and pioneered his own radio astronomy SETI searches.