Contact Information

Dr. James L. Clem
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Lousiana State University
202 Nicholson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001 USA

Tel: (225) 578-7583
Fax: (225) 578-5855

Personal Information

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Birthdate: May 26, 1976
Birthplace: Ozark, Arkansas, USA
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married (Melissa Massey)


Astronomical photometry
Computerized data reduction and analysis


Graduate Studies:

Ph.D. in Astronomy
University of Victoria
Supervisors: Don A. VandenBerg & Peter B. Stetson

M.Sc. in Astronomy
University of Victoria
Supervisor: Don A. VandenBerg

Undergraduate Studies:

B.Sc. in Physicis (Magna Cum Laude)
University of Arkansas
Honors Thesis Supervisor: Claud H. Sandberg-Lacy

Papers & Publications

Complete list available here

Work Experience


Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Chile
Experience operating the 0.9 and 1.0m telescopes as part of efforts to establish photometric standard sequences in the UBVRI system

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO), Victoria, British Columbia
Extensive experience operating the 1.8m Plaskett telescope for a variety of thesis and non-thesis related research projects including:
  • Photometric observations of star clusters in various photometric systems
  • Tracking and follow-up observations of near-Earth asteroids (NEOs)
  • Time series photometry of variable stars
  • Teaching:

    Teaching Assistant (TA), University of Victoria
    Supervisor: Russel M. Robb
    Astronomy 200 laboratory instructor (intermediate-level astronomy course)

    Teaching Assistant (TA), University of Victoria
    Supervisor: Russel M. Robb
    Astronomy 120 laboratory instructor (introductory-level astronomy course)

    2001 & 2004 - Awarded the Andy Farquharson Award for excellence in graduate student teaching


    Proficiency in Fortran, C++, LateX, csh, and IRAF scripting languages
    Familiarity with the Linux, Unix, and MS Windows operating systems


    Dr. Don A. VandenBerg, Professor, Universiy of Victoria
    Dr. Peter B. Stetson, Senior Research Officer, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
    Dr. Arlo U. Landolt, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University
    Dr. Frank Grundahl, Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark
    Dr. Puragra Guhathakurta, Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz


    Member of the International Astronomial Union (IAU)
    Member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
    Member of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)
    SDSS External Collaborator
    Member of Phi Beta Kappa