David V Martin
Hi! I am a NASA Sagan Fellow at The Ohio State University.
I am an astrophysicist trying to understand how planets and stars form and evolve. A lot of my research has been on planets in multi-star systems. I like to construct observing programs to hunt for these often tricky-to-find planets, and then create theoretical models to explain the observations. I also work on celestial mechanics, evolved stellar systems (e.g. white dwarfs and black holes), tidal physics and stellar flares. You can check out a recent seminar on my work here, my list of publications here and my CV here.
I have a strong commitment to student mentorship and have been very lucky to work with some amazing students (check out their work here). I am also committed to building an inclusive and diverse work environment where all are welcome! Check out resources here!
Before coming to OSU I did my PhD at the Université de Genève (download thesis here) and I was a Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at The University of Chicago.
Beyond astrophysics, I play Australian Football (semi competently) and ice hockey (barely competently). I also play guitar, bass and drums, and like listening to and playing heavy metal at a volume which has been referred to as "reckless" and "irresponsible".
I also love making pizza, which has received rave reviews such as "it's adequate" and "I suppose it's better than nothing."
I also have a bunch of pets which I end up naming astronomical things after. Some of them are okay:
- Stanley (dog)
- Baker (cat)
- Fat Cat (cat)
- Snow White (cat)