Paul Martini

Paul Martini

Paul Martini

Professor of Astronomy and Physics (Courtesy)

614 292-8632

4021 McPherson Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Observational Cosmology
  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Evolution of Galaxies and Black Holes


  • Ph.D. 2000, Astronomy, The Ohio State University
  • M.S. 1998, Astronomy, The Ohio State University
  • B.S. 1995, Physics, Temple University


  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2022
  • Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2020-2021
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020


Prof. Martini is an observational astronomer and instrumentalist, with a focus on observational cosmology and the evolution of galaxies and active galactic nuclei (AGN). His current focus is on cosmology, especially with Lyman-alpha forest observations from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). DESI began a 5-year survey to investigate cosmic acceleration in 2021 with spectroscopic observations of 40 million galaxies and quasars, as well as 10 million stars. Prof. Martini served as Instrument Scientist of DESI for much of the construction phase through the completion of commissioning, and worked with the Ohio State Imaging Science Laboratory to construct numerous contributions to DESI instrumentation. He was also chair of the DESI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee from 2020-2023. He has previously done leading work in constraining the lifetimes of bright quasars, the fueling of AGN, and the demographics of AGN in clusters of galaxies, groups, and the field environment. His previous instrumentation work includes the OSMOS and C/KOSMOS instruments, a suite of three similar medium resolution multi-object optical spectrographs for the MDM, CTIO, and Kitt Peak observatories, respectively. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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