Gregory Laughlin received a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz in 1994. He held an NSF/JSPS Fellowship in Tokyo, and also did postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. From 1999-2001, he worked for NASA as a Planetary Scientist at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He joined the UCSC faculty in 2001. In 2004, he was recipient of an NSF CAREER award, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2007.
Laughlin's research interests focus on numerical simulations and modeling of data. Current areas of interest include:
The long-term fate of the Earth, the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the Universe is an area that can be meaningfully explored using our current understanding of physics. Laughlin, in frequent collaboration with Fred Adams of the University of Michigan, has been active in this field for over a decade.
For the past 15 years, Laughlin has maintained an active interest in quantitative finance, and the application of modern data analysis methods to market data streams. He believes that there is potential for significant cross-fertilization between the disciplines of computational astrophysics and numerical finance, and he is exploring these issues in his role as Chief Scientist at OKLO Financial LLC.