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Mordecai-Mark Mac Low

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Divisional Chair, Curator and Professor
Physical Sciences, Astrophysics

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mordecai@amnh.org
212-496-3443

Education

  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D., 1989
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A., 1985
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1983

Research Interests

Dr. Mac Low's work focuses on understanding the formation of planets, stars, and galaxies. Working with students and colleagues, he has developed numerical models at different physical scales to attack these problems. At the smallest scales, he is studying the interaction of planets with their natal circumstellar disks. At scales of less than one light year, he has simulated the behavior of self-gravitating, supersonic, magnetized turbulence to understand the formation of the dense cloud cores in which protostars are observed, and has modeled the expansion of ionized regions in such turbulence. At scales of hundreds to thousands of light years, he is studying the influence of multiple supernova explosions on the interstellar gas, and how clouds of star-forming molecular gas form. Finally, at the galactic scale of tens of thousands of light years, he studies the large-scale formation of stars in galaxies.

Teaching Experience 
FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Astronomy, Columbia University, 2007-Present.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, Columbia University, 2002-2007
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Columbia University, 1999-2002

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Interstellar Medium and Star Formation, Graduate Course, Columbia University, Spring 2002

GRADUATE ADVISEES

  • Jeffrey Oishi, University of Virginia at Charlottesville
  • Moo Kwang Ryan Joung, Columbia University
  • Yuexing Li, Columbia University
  • Akimi Fujita, Columbia University
  • Guillermo Garcia-Segura, University of La Laguna (Canary Islands, Spain)
  • Chao-Chin Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GRADUATE COMMITTEES

  • Rachel Connolly, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • Jeffrey Oishi, University of Virginia at Charlottesville (chair)
  • Moo Kwang Ryan Joung, Columbia University (chair)
  • Yuexing Li, Columbia University (chair)
  • Akimi Fujita, Columbia University (chair)
  • Shikui Tang, University of Massachusetts at Amnherst
  • Chao-Chin Yang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (chair)

 

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