Dr. Daniel Evans

Dr. Dan Evans

Daniel Evans is the Lead for Astrophysics Research at NASA. He has responsibility for the agency’s astrophysics research program, which spans numerous NASA field centers as well as the broader US community.

Dr. Evans also serves as the Program Scientist for the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM), the Lynx mission concept study, and the Deputy Program Scientist for the Athena mission. In addition, he is the Deputy Program Scientist for NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program, to which he provides scientific and programmatic oversight.

Prior to joining NASA in 2015, Dr. Evans served as a Program Director in NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences. Two of his major roles included serving as Program Director for the International Gemini Observatory, and Head of the NSF Astronomy Grants Programs.

Dr. Evans’s research interests include the astrophysics of supermassive black holes, galaxy evolution, and relativistic jets. He has appeared on numerous television networks to discuss his work, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Most recently, Dr. Evans was named as the Smithsonian Institution's “Future is Here” lecturer.

Dr. Evans held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Bristol.

A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Evans is a proud Cornishman. Outside of NASA, his universe revolves around his family, not least his daughter, Olivia.

Dr. Evans can be contacted by email at: Daniel.A.Evans@nasa.gov