Andrew Benson

Staff Scientist

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science

I am a Staff Scientist at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science. My research is described in more detail here and my publications are available here. Current projects on which I'm working, together with available projects for prospective postdocs are listed here.
My research program centers around the process of galaxy formation, with a particular emphasis on formlating a coherent picture of the many different aspects of this problem. I have developed a new model of galaxy formation, Galacticus, which is now available to the community as an open source project. The approach blends both analytic understanding and significant number-crunching utilizing in-house and external compute clusters. Galacticus is being used by many research groups to study everything from sub-mm galaxies and galaxy clusters through to the host galaxies of type Ia supernovae. These are just a few examples of the areas of galaxy formation science that it can address.

How the Universe Works

If you have Netflix streaming, you can watch, "How the Universe Works", an excellent miniseries that covers everything from the Big Bang to supernovae. I'm interviewed in the episode on "Alien Galaxies", discussing the role that dark matter plays in helping to form and shape galaxies. Enjoy!

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