David V Martin
G'day! I am an Australian astrophysicist, presently an Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Tufts University. Prior to moving to the Boston area, I was a NASA Sagan Fellow at The Ohio State University.
For information on AST-51/151 or AST-191, please go to the Teaching page.
I am trying to understand how planets and stars form and evolve. A lot of my research has been on planets in multi-star systems. I am an "end to end" astrophysicist: I like to construct observing programs to hunt for planets in diverse stellar systems 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, fundamental stellar properties and stellar flares. You can check out recent seminars on my work at McGill and Monash.
I have a strong commitment to student mentorship and have been very lucky to supervise nine 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!
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 used to play cricket, but my career was derailed by a serious injury known as lack of talent.
I also play guitar, bass and drums at a volume which has been referred to as "reckless" and "irresponsible". I 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 name astronomical things after:
- Stanley (dog)
- Baker (cat)
- Fat Cat (cat)
- Snow White (cat)