Directory of Explore Alliance Ambassadors

The Ambassadors of the Explore Alliance are individuals who are enabling the general public to understand a deeper level of scientific literacy. We believe that through a greater understanding of science, society will be more enabled to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.
These Ambassadors are available for lectures, outreach events, and for educational outreach. They are also there to consult with you to answer your questions about their fields of exploration and expertise. 
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dr. Caitlin Ahrens
Dr. Caitlin Ahrens
NASA Scientist - Lecturer - Outreach
Dr. Ahrens is currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and a member of the LRO Diviner Science Team, specifically looking at ice at the lunar poles.
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - J. Kelly Beatty
J. Kelly Beatty
Science Journalist - Lecturer - Outreach
Award-winning science journalist and astronomer. Protector of dark skies...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Teresa Plymate
Teresa Bippert-Plymate
Lecturer - Outreach
Retired professional solar astronomer, now devoted to educational outreach in astronomy...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Adam Block
Adam Block
Astrophotographer - Lecturer - Outreach
Renowned for his astrophotography, he is known for his astrophotography workshops...
Abigail Bollenbach
Astronomer - Scientist- Lecturer - Outreach
Lecturer and author, with a focus on space exploration and astronomy outreach...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Shelley R. Bonus
Shelley R. Bonus
Astronomer - Educator - Lecturer - Outreach
Shelley Bonus is an astronomical historian and lecturer, an award winning performer...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Cesar Brollo
Cesar Brollo
Lecturer - Outreach
Based in Buenes Aires with Astronomia Saracco, Brollo is heavily involved in astronomy outreach throughout Argentina...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Zoe Chee
Zoe Chee
Lecturer - Outreach
Currently the interim Executive Director for Astronomers Without Borders, Zoe Chee has always had a passion for science and science education and enthusiasm for astronomy, volunteering with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dawn Davies
Dawn Davies
Educator - Lecturer - Outreach
Dawn Davies is an amateur astronomer, science communicator, educator, and lecturer with a passion in making astronomy accessible to all...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Dr. Stephen J. Edberg
Dr. Stephen J. Edberg
Lecturer - Outreach - Author
Edberg is a retired JPL scientist, professional astronomer, and an amateur astronomer...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - David J. Eicher
David J. Eicher
Editor - Author - Lecturer - Outreach
David Eicher is the Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, a writer, a historian, a musician, and a popularizer of astronomy and space...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Fred Espenak
Fred Espenak
Eclipse Expert - Author - Lecturer - Outreach
Known around the world as "Mr. Eclipse", Fred Espenak is a retired astrophysicist (Scientist Emeritus) from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His eclipse publications, images, and expeditions are known around the world...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Andrew Fazekas
Andrew Fazekas
Personality - Author - Lecturer - Outreach
An astronomy columnist for National Geographic's online presence and a contributor for television and radio known as The Night Sky Guy, Andrew Fazekas is also the  Communications Manager for Astronomers Without Borders...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Andrew Fraknoi
Andrew Fraknoi
Scientist - Educator - Author - Lecturer - Outreach
Fraknoi is a scientist and educator, who specializes in explaining developments in astronomy to the public in everyday language. He also works with teachers, museum educators, and young astronomers to help them be more effective in doing space-science education and outreach.
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dan George
Dan George
Ornithologist - Lecturer - Outreach
Former Director of the Bausch & Lomb Birding Council and optics expert, Dan shares his passion of birding and his knowledge of superior glass for observing nature...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Jean Pierre Grootaerd
Jean-Pierre Grootaerd
Lecturer - Outreach - Founder of SSVI
Founder of Stars Shine for Everyone (SSVI) a science program for children with disabilities and disadvantaged young people worldwide, and Science4Girls targeting countries where sound education, especially for girls, is not evident. 
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Zachary Hall
Zachary Hall
Storm Chaser - Outreach
Founder of the Vortex Crew that documents some of nature's wildest weather to carry out its mission to provide relevant, interesting, and accurate weather information to nearly 80,000 followers. 
Donnie and Donna Houston
Educators - Outreach - Astrophotographer
Founders of Arkstar Astronomy an organization that is located in the heart of the Ozarks...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Jerry Hubbell
Jerry Hubbell
Science Imaging - Author - Outreach
VP of MSRO Science, Inc., Assistant Director of the Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) and VP Engineering for Explore Scientific...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Pranvera Hyseni
Pranvera Hyseni
Lecturer - Outreach
A global science popularizer, and the Founder and Director of Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Karim Jaffer
Lecturer - Outreach - Educator
Public Events Coordinator for the RASC Montreal Centre, Member of the National RASC Education and Public Outreach Committee, and a Member of the Reach Out and Touch Space Panel on AstroRadio UK...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - John Johnson PE
John W. Johnson
Lecturer - Outreach
Serves on the board of directors for the Nebraska Star Party (NSP), Inc. He is the Director...
David H. Levy
Dr. David H. Levy
Lecturer - Outreach - Author
Known for his comet discoveries and for his many books and articles on astronomers...
Simon Lewis
Simon Lewis
Lecturer - Outreach - Author
Vice President of the Canterbury Astronomical Society, one of oldest astronomical societies in the southern hemisphere...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes
Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes
Volcanologist - Lecturer - Author - Outreach
Recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Outreach, Rosaly Lopes is a planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Steve Mallia
Stephen Mallia
Lecturer - Astrophotographer - Outreach
President of the Mississauga Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and Founder of Ontario Telescope and Accessories...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Terry Mann
Terry Mann
Lecturer - Astrophotographer - Outreach
A lifelong astronomer and astrophotographer, Terry Mann is a former two-time President of the Astronomical League. Terry's interest in the stars started with her earliest memories...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Alain Maury
Alain Maury
Astrophotography - Lecturer - Outreach
Photographic scientist for the second Palomar Observatory sky survey, professional...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Mbonteh Roland Ndunge
Mbonteh Roland Ndunge
Educator - Lecturer - Outreach
Founder the Astronomy Club of Cameroon, Mbonteh is a Physics and Mathematics teacher in secondary school, living on the outskirts of Cameroon's city, Kupe-muanenguba...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Jack Newton
Jack Newton
Astrophotography - Lecturer - Author
Astronomer, best known for his publications and images in amateur astrophotography...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - John O'Neal
John O'Neal
Astrophotography - Lecturer - Outreach
John given countless presentations to the general public and to amateur and pro astronomers across the USA...
Michael Overacker
Astrophotography - Lecturer - Outreach
Since 2004, I have run an astronomy outreach program called Astronomy Mobile Outreach, through which I have presented 225+ outreach programs to over 12,000 people...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Charles Peek
Charles Peek
Photographer - Storm Chaser - Outreach
Peek travels the country to capture video and still images of dramatic storms for the Weather Channel...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Tom Pickett
Tom Pickett
Astrophotography - Lecturer - Outreach
Manages one of the world's largest online astronomy clubs, the ‘Facebook Astronomy...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Claude Plymate
Claude Plymate
Solar Astronomer - Lecturer - Outreach
Telescope Engineer and Chief Observer for Big Bear Solar Observatory's 1.6 meter Telescope...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Egon Reich
Egon Reich
Astronomer, Electronic Computer Engineer, and Astro photographer
Egon has worked on the 200" Hale Telescope located at the Palomar Observatory in California...

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Stephen Ramsden
Stephen W. Ramsden
Solar Astronomer - Lecturer - Outreach
Ramsden is the Founder of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project...
Explore Alliance Ambassador - Jessica Santiscoy
Jessica Santascoy
Lecturer - Outreach
NASA award-winning communications professional who specializes in engagement...
Felix Schlang
YouTube Channel Host - Outreach
Creator and Host of the "What About It?" channel, the largest YouTube channel in Germany about Space, Astronomy, and Science news...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Matthias Schmitt
Matthias Schmitt
Space Education Media - Lecturer - Outreach
Eclipse chaser, educator, outreach enthusiast, and Executive Producer of the award-winning animated kids STEM TV show Space Racers that is shown around the world in 35 different languages. Recipient of a NASA grant to educate the next generation of space explorers...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dr. Shannon Schmoll
Dr. Shannon Schmoll
Lecturer - Outreach
Director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, she also serves as chair of the International Planetarium Society’s education committee and sits on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dan Skoff
Dan Skoff
Chief Meteorologist - Lecturer - Outreach

The award winning Chief Meteorologist for KNWA, Dan Skoff is dedicated to educating the public about weather data interpretation.

Explore Alliance Ambassador - Pamela Shivak
Pamela Shivak
Lecturer - Outreach

Pamela Shivak is a social media astronomy, STEAM and outreach promoter. As a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador...

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons
Astronomer- Educator - Lecturer - Outreach

An astronomer for over 40 years, Simmons is formerly the Executive Director of Astronomers Without Borders...

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Marcelo Souza

Marcelo de Olivera Souza, DSc
Cosmologist - Physicist - Lecturer - Outreach

A professor of physics, Marcelo has organized many local and national astronomy and space exploration public educational outreach events, including the International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics held in Brazil each year

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Maruska Strah

Maruška Strah
Organizer-Mediator- Lecturer - Outreach

Passionate about space and space law, Maruška's interest deepened with her work with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Now the Executive Director for World Space Week, her mission is to protect global health and security in connection to space.

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Fiorella Terenzi

Dr. Fiorella Terenzi
Astrophysicist - Author - Musician - Outreach

Dr. Terenzi pioneered techniques to convert radio waves emanating from distant galaxies into sound, and through this work she has made the cosmos more accessible to her students and the public at large... 

Explore Alliance Ambassador - Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson
Astronomer - Scientist - Lecturer - Outreach

Thompson is an award winning JPL scientist, astronomer, and outreach icon. In addition to being on the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Wilson Institute, he often serves as Session Director of the observatory's telescopes. 

Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Greg Turner

Greg Turner
Astronomer - Homeschool Educator

Astronomer, outreach enthusiast, and homeschool educator with a deep interest in science...

Explore Alliance Ambassador - John Unkovich
John Unkovich
Lecturer - Outreach
Founded the Columbia Astronomers. Established in 2011, the astronomy club...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Dr. Constance E. Walker
Dr. Constance E. Walker
Scientific - Outreach
Scientist at NOAO who specializes in education and public outreach...
Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Mike Weasner
Mike Weasner
Author - Lecturer - Outreach
A champion of dark skies, Weasner has devoted the better part of his life towards educational outreach in astronomy and dark sky preservation...
Explore Alliance Astrophotography Ambassadors - Vivian White
Vivian White
Lecturer - Outreach
The Director of Free-Choice Learning at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco, Vivian White is known worldwide for her work in astronomy outreach....


Explore Alliance Ambassadors