Brian Kruse, science educator, geologist, astronomer, birder, photographer, poet, lives in San Francisco, California where he is the Director of the Teacher Learning Center and Formal Education Programs at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, managing and coordinating a varied portfolio of programs. He writes the Education Matters column for Mercury magazine, a quarterly publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. You can also find him online as the host of the monthly astronomy webinars from the NASA Night Sky Network.
A veteran classroom teacher, Kruse has taught middle school earth science and physical science, and high school physics and integrated science. He has served as a coordinator for the NASA Explorer Schools project at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Kruse holds a B.S. in Geology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a M.S. in Aviation and Space Science from Oklahoma State University. He currently holds a California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physics, Geosciences, and Biological Sciences. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide for interpreting natural phenomena for a diverse array of audiences.
When not working he is often found hiking, birding, or looking through his telescopes at the night sky.
You can find his blog at musingsontheplanet.org