Karl Gordon

Karl is a mid-career astronomer. Prior to coming to STScI in 2007, he spent 10 years at universities doing research and being part of the Spitzer/MIPS Instrument team. At STScI, his functional work focuses on supporting JWST instrumentation with a focus on data reduction and calibration and a special emphasis on the MIRI instrument. His STScI research is carried out as part of the ISM@ST Research group. He has been part of a number of large research collaborations (i.e., SAGE-LMC, SAGE-SMC, SAGE-Spec, HERITAGE, SINGS, KINGFISH, PHAT, SMIDGE) including leading one, being a lead for large subprojects, and just being a simple team member. He enjoys the challenges of functional (supporting instruments) and research (proposals, analysis, papers) work. His research focuses on interstellar dust (and gas) in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. He strives for a good work life balance working hard when at work and focusing on family, friends, and hobbies outside of work.


PhD in Physics, University of Toledo
MS in Physics, University of Toledo
BA in Physics, Wittenberg University


Science Interests:

  • Interstellar dust absorption, scattering, and emission
  • Interstellar medium in Local Group galaxies
  • Monte Carlo dust radiative transfer


Research Topics: Local Group Galaxies; Interstellar Medium; Dust


Professional Websites:

Professional Website

Research Group

Open-Source Software


ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5340-6774

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