R. Melvin Blake

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Planetarium Director

       R. Melvin Blake


Born May 12, 1968 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. I attended St. Mary's University for my undergraduate and masters degrees. I then obtained a PhD at York University. I did my first postdoc at David Dunlap Observatory, where I also served as telescope operator and taught as an adjunct at Humber College. I then went to PARI in North Carolina as a postdoc at where I also taught part-time at UNC-Asheville. I then briefly returned to DDO and took a position at UNA in January of 2008.

Research Interests

  • Astronomy


  •   Physics and Astronomy (PhD)
    York University
  •   Astronomy (MS)
    Saint Mary's University
  •   Physics (BS)
    Saint Mary's University

Selected Intellectual Contributions

  • Ronald M. Blake, Marcus Beasley, Isaiah Clotfelter, Charles Harville, Kaleb Hood, Harris Kain, Hannah Miller, Khushmeet Kathuria, Steve Parrish, Jamie Pothier, Julie Roberts, and Harrison Whitaker. 2021. Measurement of Neglected Double Stars as Part of an Observational Astronomy Course. Journal of Double Star Observations
  • Ronald M. Blake, Cynthia L. Stenger, Jessica E. Stovall, Janet T. Jenkins, and Sherry Truitt. 2020. Attack of the Ice Aliens: A Transdisciplinary Physics Lesson. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Sciences
  • Ronald Melvin Blake, James McKee, Richard Statom, Chiong Qui, and Francis Menapace. 2019. Evaluating Strategies to Collect Micrometeorites from Rainwater. 6th International Conference and Workshop on Computing and Communication