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Dr. Christopher Kyba

Section 1.4: Remote Sensing

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building A 17, room 01.07
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-28973
e-mail: christopher.kyba(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

I study the ecological impact of artificial light at night, with a focus on quantifying the skyglow produced by cities, and how it is changing. The only way to track skyglow changes worldwide is via citizen science, and you can take part in my research by submitting measurements with our Loss of the Night app on an Andoroid or iOS device.


2014 - pres: Postdoc ( Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) German Research Center for Geoscience (GFZ)
2013 - 2014: Postdoc ( Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
2009 - 2013: Postdoc ( Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) Freie Universität Berlin
2008 - 2009: Family relocation to Germany, paternity leave, German language classes
2006 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania


2006: PhD in Experimental Particle Physics, University of Pennsylvania
2000: BSc (honors) in Physics, University of Alberta


2013-pres: Loss of the Night citizen science project
2010-2012: Loss of the Night collaboration
2009-2011: MILIEU (FU Berlin)

Research Boards and Committees:

2013-pres: Chair, ALAN conference international steering committee
2012-pres: Management committee, EU COST Action ES1204 (LoNNe)
2012-pres: Chair of working group 1, EU COST Action ES1204 (LoNNe)


IDA Dark Sky Defender (Awarded to Verlust der Nacht collaboration), 2013
GEO Slammer des Monats, August 2013
2nd place, Famelab Brandenburg-Berlin, 2013
IDA Dark Sky Defender Award (Science & Research), 2012
Deutschland Land der Ideen: Forschungsverbund Verlust der Nacht, 2012
1st place, Science Slam im Wissenschaftsjahr Regionalwettbewerb Ost, 2012
2nd place Famelab Brandenburg-Berlin, 2012
1st place, Berlin Science Slam, November 2011
NSERC John C. Polanyi Award (Awarded to the SNO collaboration), 2006
Arnold M. Denenstein Prize for Experimental Physics, 2001