Welcome to the Astronomy Department at Berkeley

Xylar 1. What's your name?

Xylar Asay-Davis

 2. Where were you working most recently?

Graduate Group in Applied Science and Technology, UC Berkeley

 3. Are you here as a student, postdoc, faculty member, researcher, admin, or in some other capacity?


 4. Are you working closely with a particular group (CIPS, RAL, TAC, ...) and / or on a particular fellowship (Miller, Einstein, NSF, ...)?


 5. If you're a student or postdoc, who is your faculty mentor? If you're faculty or staff, is there someone with whom you'll be working closely?

Imke de Pater and Philip Marcus (Department of Mechanical Engineering

6. Which office are you sitting in?

419 Campbell

7. Tell us (in 2 or 3 sentences) a little about what you'll be working on at Berkeley.

I am studying climate changes in Jupiter's atmosphere by tracking cloud motions to produce velocity fields and applying dynamical models to best match these observations.  Also, I am studying the role that vortices may play in the early stages of planet formation--the agglomeration or gravitational collapse of cm-sized dust grains into km-sized planetesimals.  Both of these projects involve parallel computations using a spectral fluid dynamics code.

8. Anything else (in 2 or 3 sentences) you'd like to tell us about yourself, your interests, your family, etc.?

I really love living in Berkeley--I've been here for over 7 years now.  I enjoy running, biking, swimming, camping and hiking.  I also love local music, cooking, shopping at the farmer's market (yep, I even buy arugula, take that John McCain!), movies, Doctor Who, video games (when will I have time to play Spore?), graphics and animation, hard science fiction, and computer programming for fun (total nerd!).