Current Graduate Students


Andrea Antoni


Advisor: Eliot Quataert

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Desk: 461C


Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamics (convection, accretion, waves, winds)
  • Late-stage evolution of massive stars
  • Assembly of compact remnants in close binary systems


I am a third-year graduate student in astronomy.  I work with Eliot Quataert studying the deaths of massive stars in failed supernovae in order to model the electromagnetic signatures of black hole birth.

I earned a B.S. in Physics (Astrophysics) with Highest Honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz in August 2018 where I was a Regents Scholar and a 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholar.  At UCSC, I worked with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Morgan MacLeod studying the common envelope phase in the formation of close binaries as well as the general hydrodynamical problem of the drag and accretion experienced by binaries embedded in gases.

I am a first-generation college student and I was introduced to physics while attending West Valley Community College.  Participating in Enrico’s Lamat REU the summer before transferring to UCSC was critical to my path to grad school because it introduced me to astrophysics and connected me with mentors who helped me find my voice as a scientist.  I am passionate about mentoring and supporting undergraduate and community college students.

As of July 2020, I am serving as the Undergraduate Liason in our department.  Please contact me if you are interested in mentoring an undergrad, guiding an undergraduate research project, or serving on a panel in one of our many workshops.