Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a scientist at the SETI Institute, also works at the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. She received her B.A. in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics at Harvard University, and earned her Ph.D. in planetary science, with a minor in geosciences, from the University of Arizona.
Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in architecture, with minors in math and art history. She holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. Both authors reside in Campbell, California.