Dr. Joel Green studies the processes that influence the formation of protoplanetary disks and envelopes, and the environs of young stars. He is particularly focused on outbursting young stars, accretion processes, shocks, and tracers thereof in IR, X-ray, and submillimeter regimes, and signposts of these processes in our own solar system. He is the lead of several Herschel, SOFIA, and ground-based general observer programs, including a Herschel user-provided data product archive, and a collaborator in numerous initiatives with JWST. He is also the Project Scientist in the Office of Public Outreach, where he acts as liasion to the science staff, coordinates efforts in emerging tech and web development, and communication/outreach strategy for STScI in HST, JWST, and WFIRST.

Joel has written for and appeared in numerous public outreach, communications, and educational materials, most recently the National Geographic special on Hubble's Amazing Universe, and PBS Nova's special on Treasures of the Earth: Metals. He leads the content development for Webb VR, STScI's immersive virtual universe for the science of the James Webb Space Telescope.


PhD in Astrophysics, University of Rochester
MA in Astrophysics, University of Rochester
BA in Astrophysics, Cornell University


Science Interests:

  • Episodic accretion in young stars
  • Feedback and turbulence from shocks in molecular clouds
  • IR, X-ray, and submm observations of nearby young stars and environs
  • Binarity in young stars via non-redundant aperture masking
  • IFU spectroscopic databases
  • Learning techniques via gaming


Research Topics: Astrochemistry, Chemical Abundances; Star and Planet Formation; Young Stellar Objects


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