Professor of Astronomy & Physics
Thomas & Alison Schneider Chair in Physics
B-20 Hearst Field Annex #3411
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411
Office: C-13 HFA (B-20 is mailing address)
I am a theoretical astrophysicist with interests in a wide
variety of problems, including black holes, stellar physics,
plasma astrophysics, and galaxy formation.
I am the director of Berkeley's Theoretical
Astrophysics Center and a member of the executive committee
of the Miller
Institute for Basic Research in Science.
My publications can be found here
(at arxiv.org) or
Curriculum vitae Short Academic Bio
Here is a (now out-of-date) review on Black Hole Accretion for Science magazine.
Although I greatly enjoy theoretical physics research, I have a confession ....
(I am not yet a member of this dept ...)
Talks2011 Biermann Lectures (MPA): The Physics of Galaxy Cluster Plasmas
Postdoctoral: The Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley has several prize postdoctoral fellowships.
Graduate & Undergraduate: I am happy to talk with interested students at any time.
Students: Naveed Ahmad, Keaton Burns
Astro 7A: Introduction to Astrophysics
Astro 160: Stellar Physics
Astro 252: Stellar Structure and Evolution
Astro 202: Astrophysical Gas Dynamics
Astro 250: Special Topics in Astrophysics: Accretion Disks
Astro 292: Special Topics in Astrophysics: The Formation and Evolution of Massive Black Holes
Astro 24: Black Holes: The Science Behind the Science Fiction
I was born in Santa Monica, California on June 19, 1973, lived for almost 12 years in Houston,Texas, and spent my high school years in Vestal, New York (upstate near the border between NY and PA). I received my B.S. in Physics from MIT in 1995 (carrying out research with Pawan Kumar) and my Ph. D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1999 (under the supervision of Ramesh Narayan). I was a postdoc in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study for 2 years before coming to Berkeley in 2001.
I live in Berkeley with Bethany Hoffman -- we enjoy, among other things, the outdoors & food.