Robin Arnason is an Astronomy PhD student working with Prof. Pauline Barmby. He previously completed a BSc and an MSc in Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Currently, he is interested in studying black holes and neutron stars in binary systems in nearby dwarf galaxies.
Shannon Hicks completed her BS in Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University and is a new Astronomy and Planetary Science MSc student. She spent the last year working at the SETI Institute studying Saturn's Rings (no, not aliens). Her project at Western is likely to involve working with a lidar (a really big laser with a telescope) and using it to study Earth's atmosphere.
Kendra is a PhD student in Astronomy working with Prof. Stan Metchev. She completed her BSc at Northern Arizona University in Arizona and her MA at Stony Brook University in New York, both in Astronomy. She is currently working on understanding the atmospheres of brown dwarfs (failed stars) - particularly the young brown dwarfs.
Dilini completed an HBSc in Planetary Science at the University of Western Ontario, and stayed on to complete a MSc in Astronomy, with a specialization in Planetary Science. She then decided to continue at Western with the Meteor Physics Group, and is currently working towards a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Margaret Campbell-Brown. Her current research involves studying meteors that fragment as they move through the atmosphere.