Greetings, and welcome to my homepage. I have just completed a Sagan postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, and am currently between contracts.
My current research focuses around computer simulations of circumstellar disks, with emphasis on the processes that lead to planet formation, such as magnetorotational turbulence, streaming instability, and disk vortices. A goal of this research is to establish a model that combines all the necessary physics to simulate the formation of planetary systems, and enable self-consistent comparisons with the astronomical observations.
I am also interested in icy moons and habitability. In addition, I have previously worked on star formation and stellar activity, both observationally. You can read more about my research here.
Research InterestsAccretion disks, exoplanets, planet formation, planet migration; fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, dust dynamics; star formation, young stellar objects, stellar atmospheres; code development, supercomputing. Icy moons, habitability.
- May 2015: Invited seminar at JPL.
- May 2015: Invited seminar at Princeton.
- May 2015: Invited seminar at NASA Goddard.
- Apr 2015: Live interview for Science and Astronomy's hangout podcast show (in Portuguese).
- Apr 2015: Invited talk at conference The Magneto-Rotational instability confronts the observations.
- Apr 2015: Op-ed Reach for the stars: Favela children to control NASA Mars mission, for the Toronto-based independent news website The Mark News.
- Apr 2015: Paper accepted! First-authored by PhD student Alex Richert (Penn State), on the effects of shock heating by very high-mass planets in protoplanetary disks.
- Mar 2015: Q&A session for Galileu, a major monthly popular science publication in Brazil.
- Mar 2015: Interview for Veja, a major weekly newsletter in Brazil (in Portuguese).
- Mar 2015: Op-ed Well you say you listen to stars. Astronomy and Brazil joining ESO, on the occasion of the Brazilian chamber of deputies voting on the project (in Portuguese).
- Mar 2015: Live interview for Science in Movement show in TV Rede Petrópolis, Brazil (in Portuguese).
- Mar 2015: Talking in Leiden's and Amsterdam's colloquia.
- Mar 2015: Invited talk at conference Transition Disks and Planet Formation, plus invited colloquia in Leiden and Amsterdam. Visiting Nienke van der Marel, Paola Pinilla, and Chris Ormel.
- Feb 2015: Initiative Mars Academy for science outreach in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
I received my Ph.D. in February 2009 from Uppsala University, Sweden. Before moving to sunny Pasadena, I was a postdoc at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City; and before that, a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), in Heidelberg, Germany. Before my Ph.D. I worked as an observer. I was a research assistant at CTIO (La Serena, Chile) and ESO (Garching, Germany), as well as a summer intern at Space Telescope, in Baltimore. My undergrad is on Astronomy, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.