Guillermo Gonzalez is an Assistant
Professor of Astronomy at Iowa State University, He received his Ph.D.
in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington. He has done post-doctoral
work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington
and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA,
the University of Washington, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the
National Science Foundation.
Dr. Gonzalez has extensive experience in observing and analyzing data from ground-based
observatories, including work at McDonald Observatory, Apache Point Observatory
and Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. He has also published over sixty
articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals including Astronomy
and Astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Astrophysical
Journal and Solar Physics. His current research interest in astrobiology focuses
on the "Galactic Habitable Zone" and captured the October 2001 cover
story of Scientific American.
Another area of his research is focused on analyzing and interpreting ground-based
photometric and spectroscopic observations of low and intermediate mass stars
in relation to current theories concerning the late stages of stellar evolution
and the formation and evolution of planetary systems.