Lou Strolger

Observatory Scientist

Strolger is an Observatory Scientist in the Science Mission Office. He is primarily concerned with clues to the nature of supernova progenitors through bulk analyses; rates, environmental effects (star-formation, metallicity, etc.), and the global evolution of these properties over the history of the Universe. He is also involved in projects on four robotic telescopes; three in space — The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope; and The RCT 1.3-meter on the ground. He is active in a number of initiatives addressing underrepresented minorities in astronomy and physics, and looking at approaches to improve recruitment and retention.


PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MA in Astronomy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA in Physics, Earlham College


Science Interests:

  • Understanding supernova rates at high redshift, and in various low redshift environments
  • Using type Ia supernovae as distance indicators
  • Identifying more galactic Cepheids and RR Lyrae stars to: refining the distance ladder.
  • State of minority participation in the profession.


Research Topics: Supernovae, Supernova Rates, Observational Cosmology, Pulsating Variable Stars, Policy


Professional Websites:

Professional Website


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7756-4440

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