SDSS-III
I contributed as a postdoc to the development of the SDSS-III BOSS pipeline for each SDSS-III data release including the final one (DR12). I was particularly interested in ensuring that the final reductions were of sufficient quality to be optimal for the search for background galaxies as part of the strong gravitational lensing detection project -- the BOSS emission-line lensing search (BELLS), and I was responsible for the implementation of the BOSS galaxy product, which computes a variety of galaxy parameters including stellar masses for each galaxy with a good spectrum.

Spectroscopic Pipeline Challenges

Although the SDSS-III survey completed observing at the end of June 2014, and the final SDSS-III data release was made public in Dec 2014 with Data Release 12, there were a number of spectroscopic pipeline challenges that were identified and led to new research that continues to impact the successors to the SDSS-III BOSS spectroscopic pipeline, including the SDSS-IV Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the SDSS-V Black Hole Mapper (BHM), including the evolution of the redshift pipeline toward spectro-perfectionism:

 AJ (2012 ) 144 144
 545 Citations
Spectral Classification and Redshift Measurement for the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
 AAS (2012 ) 219 335.10 Practical Spectro-Perfectionism in SDSS-III
 ASPC (2012 ) 461 509
 4 Citations
What is a Spectrum?

The BOSS Emission-Line Lensing Survey (BELLS)

I extended the spectroscopic detection method used by the Sloan Lens Advanced Camera for Surveys (SLACS) survey to select gravitational lenses in the BOSS data, confirmed by followup HST Imaging, and including the following published results:

 ApJ (2012 ) 744 41
 158 Citations
The BOSS Emission-Line Lens Survey (BELLS). I. A Large Spectroscopically Selected Sample of Lens Galaxies at Redshift ~0.5
 ApJ (2012 ) 757 82
 142 Citations
The BOSS Emission-Line Lens Survey. II. Investigating Mass-density Profile Evolution in the SLACS+BELLS Strong Gravitational Lens Sample
 ApJ (2016 ) 824 86
 58 Citations
The BOSS Emission-line Lens Survey. III. Strong Lensing of Lyα Emitters by Individual Galaxies
 ApJ (2016 ) 833 264
 76 Citations
The BOSS Emission-line Lens Survey. IV. Smooth Lens Models for the BELLS GALLERY Sample
 ApJL (2017 ) 834 L18
 15 Citations
Discovery of a Very Bright and Intrinsically Very Luminous, Strongly Lensed Lyα Emitting Galaxy at z = 2.82 in the BOSS Emission-Line Lens Survey
 ApJ (2018 ) 853 148
 25 Citations
The BOSS Emission-line Lens Survey. V. Morphology and Substructure of Lensed Lyα Emitters at Redshift Z ≈ 2.5 in the BELLS GALLERY
 MNRAS (2020 ) 492 1257
 13 Citations
Rest-frame UV properties of luminous strong gravitationally lensed Lyα emitters from the BELLS GALLERY Survey

SDSS-III Data Release Papers:

I received the status of architect in SDSS-III for my work on the BOSS Spectroscopic Pipeline, and co-authored the following publications:

 ApJS (2011 ) 193 29
 1231 Citations
The Eighth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Data from SDSS-III
 ApJS (2012 ) 203 21
 1237 Citations
The Ninth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
 ApJS (2014 ) 211 17
 896 Citations
The Tenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-III Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment
 ApJS (2015 ) 219 12
 2022 Citations
The Eleventh and Twelfth Data Releases of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Final Data from SDSS-III