Gerald Schieven

Gerald H. Moriarty Schieven

  • Senior Research Officer at NRC Herzberg in Victoria, BC
  • (co-)Manager of the “Canadian Node” of North American ALMA Regional Center

My principal research interests include:

  • low/intermediate-mass star formation
  • molecular clouds
  • debris disks

Other research interests include:

  • planetary atmospheres
  • GRBs

Roles and Responsibilities

  • ALMA Observatory operations support through the North American ALMA Science Center
  • Telescope user support
  • Canadian coordinator: JCMT-Venus survey project
  • Science Team Member: JCMT Surveys (BISTRO, Gould Belt, Transient)
  • Professional outreach
  • Training of HQP
  • Astronomical research
  • Public outreach

Current research and/or projects

  • Editor of Observing with ALMA – A Primer, a relatively short introduction for non-experts in millimetrewave interferometry of the ALMA observatory, how it works, and how to apply for time
  • JCMT-Venus Survey (Canadian coordinator), a survey to detect and track phosphine and other life-signatures in the atmosphere of Venus
  • Member of JCMT BISTRO Survey, a survey of magnetic fields in nearby star-forming molecular clouds
  • Member of JCMT Gould Belt Survey, to map and explore the physics of star formation in nearby molecular clouds

Education History:

  • 1988 PhD Astrophysics at University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Thesis advisor:  Ron Snell)
  • 1983 MS Physics at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON (Thesis advisor:  Vic Hughes)
  • 1981 BS Astronomy at University of Western Ontario (London, ON)

Work Experience:

  • 2008-present: Senior Research Officer, NRC Herzberg, Victoria, BC
  • 1998-2008: (Senior) Research Officer, NRC Herzberg, Hilo, HI (Joint Astronomy Centre)
  • 1995-1998: Staff Scientist, Joint Astronomy Centre, Hilo, HI (James Clerk Maxwell Telescope)
  • 1992-1995: Research Associate, NRC Herzberg, Penticton, BC (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory)
  • 1990-1992: Post-doctoral fello, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadenca, CA
  • 1988-1990: Assistant Professor of Physics/Post-doctoral Fellow/Lecturer, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


  • Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Key Publications (Note also published under Moriarty-Schieven)

  • Lee, Y-H., Johnstone, D., Lee, J-E., & 50 co-authors including Moriarty-Schieven, G.H. 2021, The JCMT Transient Survey: Four-year Summary of Monitoring the Submillimeter Variability of Protostars, Astrophysical Journal, 920, 119
  • ALMA Partnership, Brogan, C.L, & 93 co-authors including Schieven, G. 2015, The 2014 ALMA Long Baseline Campaign: First Results from High Angular Resolution Observations toward the HL Tau Region, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 808, L3
  • Clancy, R.T., Sandor, B.J., & Moriarty-Schieven, G.H. 2004, A Measurement of the 362 GHz Absorption Line of Mars Atmospheric H2O2, Icarus, 168, 116
  • Greaves, G.S., Holland, W.S., Moriarty-Schieven, G., Jenness, T., Dent, W.R.F., Zuckerman, B., McCarthy, C., Webb, A., Butner, H.M., Gear, W.K., & Walker, H.J.1998, A dust ring around Epsilon Eridani: analogue to the young solar system, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 506, 133
  • Moriarty-Schieven, G.H., Wannier, P.G., Keene, J., & Tamura, M. 1994, Circum-Protostellar Environments II. Envelopes, Activity, and Evolution, Astrophysical Journal, 436, 800
  • Moriarty-Schieven, G.H., & Snell, R.L.1988, High Resolution Images of the L1551 Bipolar Outflow II: Structure and Kinematics, Astrophysical Journal, 332, 364

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