Lynne Jones, Research Associate, LSST Performance Scientist

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Contact Information

Email: ljones@astro
Office : C325
Phone : 206.543.9487
Fax : 206.685.0403
GTalk :
Dept. of Astronomy
University of Washington
Box 351580
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

Shipping Address:
Physics/Astronomy Bldg C319
3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

About Me

My astronomy background lies in observational surveys for faint moving objects -- in other words, I got my start in obtaining and analyzing (including writing software for image analysis) observations from pencil-beam (aka "shift and stack") surveys for Kuiper belt objects. These days I am also interested in anything that moves or changes in the sky, having expanded my interests to transient and variable objects in the night sky. LSST will provide wonderful resources to search for all of these objects, and I'm finding the technical challenges involved in querying and classifying objects in large datasets fascinating. I joined the LSST project here at UW as the LSST Science Fellow (postdoc) in the fall of 2006. Previously I was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia (and briefly at the Herzburg Institute for Astronomy), working on the CFHT-LS Very Wide with Brett Gladman, JJ Kavelaars, Jean-Marc Petit and Joel Parker, among others, on the CFEPS project. Before that, I was a graduate student in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Michigan with advisor Gary Bernstein. I became the LSST Performance Science (a research scientist position) here at UW in 2010.

Research Interests

My thesis advisor taught me to look for the advances in science resulting from a project. My current advisor is teaching me that there is a lot of cool science in many areas of astronomy. The project I work with is showing me that there is a lot of very cool technology coming round the corner. Together, this means my research interests are getting broader, from a small bodies in the solar system background to an interest in classification of transients and variables (as well as those moving objects!). In particular, I'm very interested in applying new computing technology and methods to discovering and characterizing the small bodies in our solar system.

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Current research projects: (sorry, this is a little out of date)


I work on a variety of projects for LSST. Most of these have to do with evaluation of LSST's potential performance. A few of the thing I work on: the Operations Simulation (mostly metric development and new cadence suggestions), the Calibration Simulation (catalog generation, self-calibration procedures) the Image Simulation (mostly catalog construction), the Moving Object Pipeline, Science Collaborations, and pretty much anything else that needs to be investigated or evaluated. If you have a suggestion for an LSST science evaluation metric or tool, please let me know. We'll see what we can do.