Professor of Astronomy & Physics
Thomas & Alison Schneider Chair in Physics
501 Campbell Hall #3411
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411
Office: 415 Campbell Hall
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
My publications can be found here
(at arxiv.org) or
Curriculum vitae Short Academic Bio
My collaborations include the FIRE galaxy formation
simulations, an NSF
"TCAN" on Black Hole Accretion, and the Dedalus project.
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, Hannah Klion
websites are now via bcourses. Below are out
of date but have useful links to readings, web
Astronomy & Integrative Biology C13: From the
Big Bang to the Emergence of Humans Online
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: 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.
When I can find the time, I also enjoy nature