Professor of Astronomy & 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, stars, plasma
astrophysics, and galaxy formation.
I am chair of the Department
of Astronomy and director of the Theoretical Astrophysics
Center at UC Berkeley.
My publications can be found here
(at arxiv.org) or
(at ADS). A list of some of
the papers of mine that I like the most.
Curriculum vitae Short Academic Bio
My collaborations include the FIRE galaxy formation
simulations, the horizon
collaboration 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
TalksHow Massive Stars Live and Die (KITP Blackboard Lunch Talk)
Postdoctoral: The Theoretical
Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley has several prize
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 Below are out
of date but have some links to readings, web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.
When I can find the time, I enjoy nature
photography. I also enjoy cooking, hiking,
gardening (growing food, that is), and reading.