The Dept. of Astronomy is excited to announce that Prof. Michael Meyer (currently at ETH Zurich) will be joining our department in the Fall of 2016.   Prof. Meyer is an expert on the evolution of planetary systems both in terms of formation and observational characterization.  
A short bio of Prof. Meyer is given below.  

Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer (born 1967, master of science in physics, University of Missouri, PhD in astronomy, University of Massachusetts) is head of the planet and star formation group at the ETH in Zürich (2009-2016) and was formerly a Professor/Astronomer at the Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona (2000-2009).  He was a Hubble Fellow at the University of Arizona (1997-2000) and did a post-doc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomie (1995-1997).  He has more than 20 years of international scientific research experience, in the fields of galactic and infrared astronomy, as well as the formation, evolution, and characterisation of planetary systems (and associated implications on the prospects for life in the Universe).  He has experience participating in the development of ground- and space-based instrumentation, including both the NIRCam and NIRISS for JWST as well as high contrast imaging systems/spectrographs for 6-10 meter telescopes and ELTs.