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Kyle Kabasares

Kyle Kabasares

Research Scientist, NASA Earth eXchange (NEX)

Affiliation: Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, NASA Earth eXchange (NEX)

Branch: Biospheric Science Branch (SGE)


Professional Biography

Dr. Kyle M. Kabasares is a data scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute and the NASA Earth eXchange (NEX) at NASA’s Ames Research Center. As a native of San Francisco who has lived in different parts of California, Kyle applies machine learning techniques to remote sensing data to understand long-term changes to California’s terrain, as well as the impact clouds have on data-derived parameters from low Earth orbit and geostationary satellites. 

Kyle received his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Irvine in June 2023. For his PhD dissertation, Kyle developed a modeling and analysis framework to dynamically weigh supermassive black holes at the centers of giant galaxies. While in graduate school, Kyle also became an active science communicator and created a YouTube channel with videos covering topics on physics, math, astronomy, and the life of a graduate student. He is currently a YouTube Partner, and his channel currently has over 4,000 subscribers.

During his undergraduate years, Kyle studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Merced, where he received his BS in Physics in 2017. Kyle also participated in NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) in the summer of 2016 and studied the impacts of drought on atmospheric pollution in the state of California. 


Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Irvine (2023)

M.S. Physics, University of California, Irvine (2019)

B.S. Physics, University of California, Merced (2017)

Awards and Honors

Honorable Mention, Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award (2022)

Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellow Program (2019)

Outstanding Undergraduate Award, UC Merced Physics Department (2017)


  • Cho et al. (including K. M. Kabasares) (2023) The Seoul National University AGN Monitoring Project. IV. Hα Reverberation Mapping of Six AGNs and the Hα Size–Luminosity Relation. The Astrophysical Journal. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ace1e5
  • Kabasares et al. (2022) Black Hole Mass Measurements of Early-type Galaxies NGC 1380 and NGC 6861 through ALMA and HST Observations and Gas-dynamical Modeling. The Astrophysical Journal. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac7a38
  • Cohn et al. (including K.M. Kabasares) (2021) An ALMA Gas-dynamical Mass Measurement of the Supermassive Black Hole in the Local Compact Galaxy UGC 2698. The Astrophysical Journal. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac0f78
  • Boizelle et al. (including K.M. Kabasares) (2021) Black Hole Mass Measurements of Radio Galaxies NGC 315 and NGC 4261 Using ALMA CO Observations. The Astrophysical Journal. DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/abd24d
  • Demetillo et al. (including K.M. Kabasares) (2019) Observing Severe Drought Influences on Ozone Air Pollution in California. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04852