Members: Please place your sketch in alphabetical order by last name
(Use the Heading 3, not boldface, setting for the line with your name on it.)

Natasha Ivanova

is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, working on stellar interactions (mass exchanges, common envelope events) and compact binary formation (


Rich Townsend

is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works on dynamical phenomena of massive stars: oscillations, rotation, mass loss and magnetic fields. He helps develop the MESA stellar evolution code and the GYRE oscillation code. He also cooks a mean habanero jelly (see right), and has brought a batch along to the program.

Nathan Smith

is a supernova observer, and is sometime here.

Stephen Justham

is a professor in the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is interested in most things. He mainly works on topics related to stellar transients and interacting stars, perhaps especially understanding the physics of compact binary formation and the potential diversity of supernova progenitors.

Selma de Mink

is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam. Her main interest in the evolution of massive stars, binary interaction, supernova progenitors and formation channels for Gravitational Wave sources.

Greg Huber

is a Deputy Director of KITP (along with Mark Bowick), member of the UCSB Physics Department, and works in soft-matter theory and biophysics.

Matteo Cantiello

is an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (Flatiron Institute). His work focuses on the life and death of single and binary stars. He uses a variety of computational and observational tools, including 1D stellar evolution (MESA), 3D magneto-hydrodynamics calculations of stellar interiors, the study and observation of wave propagation inside stars (asteroseismology), the observations of stellar populations, stellar explosions and the gravitational wave emission from the mergers of compact stellar remnants.

Ken Chen

is a EACOA Fellow at the NAOJ, Tokyo, Japan. His research interest in computational astrophysics focuses on modeling the supernova explosions of massive stars and their cosmological impact by using multidimensional hydrodynamics/radiation/cosmological simulations.

Rob Farmer

Is a post-doc at Arizona state university working with frank timmes, studying SAGB and massive star evolution up to core collapse, he also helps develop and provide support for the MESA code.

Thierry Foglizzo

is a researcher at CEA-Saclay working on the explosion mechanism of massive stars. He uses analytical techniques and numerical simulations to understand the interplay of hydrodynamical instabilities, as well as experimental analogies based on hydraulic jumps in shallow water.

Ylva Götberg

works mainly on evolution and spectra of stars that lost their envelope through binary interaction. The focus is primarily on ionizing flux and observational techniques. She is based in Amsterdam, working with Selma de Mink and Mathieu Renzo.

Catherine Lovekin

is an assistant professor at Mount Allison University (Canada), working on stellar evolution and rotation, as well as convection.

Chris Matzner

Toronto prof., works on hydrodynamics: shocks in stars and supernovae, black hole accretion, wave propagation, winds, radiation, and feedback in various contexts

Ilya Mandel

is a professor at the University of Birmingham, UK, working at the interface of massive binary evolution, dynamics, gravitational-wave astrophysics and astrostatistics.

Ehsan Moravveji

is a Marie Curie fellow from KU Leuven, and will join the massive binary evolution group in Amsterdam as of July 2017. His background is detailed asteroseismic modelling. He works primarily on convective overshooting in massive stars (F,A,B and O-type) and extra diffusive mixing in their radiative envelopes. Because of his Iranian nationality and visa restrictions he is not able to attend the meeting in person, but he is very keen on remote interactions.

Stan Owocki

is a professor at the University of Delaware (Bartol Research Institute in the Physics and Astronomy department). His research focuses on radiatively driven mass loss from luminous, massive stars, including as quasi-steady stellar winds, and as episodic giant eruptions during Luminous Blue Variable phases. He also works on stellar-wind-fed magnetospheres in the sub-population (~10%) of massive stars that modern spectropolarimetry has revealed to have strong (100-10,000 G), large-scale (often significantly dipolar) magnetic fields.

Bruno Pagani

is a PhD student (under the direction of Thierry Foglizzo) from Astrophysics Departement at CEA in Saclay, France. He works on the (magneto)hydrodynamic instabilities like SASI in the core at the onset of CCSN in order to better understand their interplay in the path to explosion and their consequences for the resulting neutron star spin and magnetic field.

Mathieu Renzo

is a PhD student in Amsterdam, and this semester also a graduate fellow in KITP. He works on the impact of massive star mass loss on the pre-SN core structure, the disruption of binary systems by the first SN explosion and the resulting population of unbound binary products, and recently also on Pair Pulsation instability SN (lower mass version of PISN).

Fabian Schneider

is a Hintze fellow at the University of Oxford, working on the evolution of massive single and binary stars, stellar population synthesis, magnetism in massive stars and statistical aspects of comparing models with observations.

Anne Thoul

is a research associate at the University of Liège, Belgium. She has been working mostly in asteroseismology for the past decade, as a tool to better understand the internal structure of stars.

Frank Timmes

enjoys research on stars, broadly interpreted, and helping others research stars. more info at

Paul Ricker

is a professor of astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a computational astrophysicist who began in (and continues to work on) galaxy cluster simulations but has been lured more and more to the stellar side over the past decade. He is one of the original developers of the FLASH AMR code and works on common envelope evolution and the interaction of supernovae with binary companions.

Ed van den Heuvel
is emeritus professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam. He works in stellar and binary evolution, and is particularly interested in understanding the formation of binaries that contain neutron stars and black holes: X-ray binaries, binary pulsars and double black holes. He also worked in studies of Gamma Ray Bursts.

Joyce Guzik

is a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. She is interested in stellar evolution and pulsation of nearly all types of variable stars, particularly the Sun, delta Scuti, gamma Doradus, and Luminous Blue variables. She hopes to do more 3D modeling, and to contribute to projects involving massive stars.