Research Areas: Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei, Multifrequency Variability of Blazars, Time Series Analysis. Read about Dr. Webb's international research campaign on blazar astrophysics.
Dr. James Webb began his studies in Physics earning a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University (1980) and later an MS (1984) and PhD (1988) in Astronomy from the University of Florida. In addition to teaching astrophysics classes at all levels and supervising graduate students up to Ph.D. level, Dr. Webb is also an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter. He spent a year at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a resident astronomer for the NASA International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite telescope. He then moved to Florida International University Department of Physics where he has been ever since. He served as the director of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) 1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona for 15 years.
Dr. Webb was the prime mover behind the funding and construction of the Stocker AstroScience Center and led the fundraising efforts and subsequently headed the design and construction of the observatory. His efforts included basic building design from top to bottom, telescope selection and numerous duties during planning and construction. He now serves as the observatory director whose responsibility includes student training, telescope operation, maintenance, public outreach, and scheduling. He also hosts the star parties and public lectures/concerts in the observatory.