Jillian Bellovary

Queensborough Community College, CUNY



  • PhD in Astronomy, University of Washington, 2010
  • B.S. in Astrophysics, Physics, and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Research Interests

I use the SPH+Nbody code Gasoline to study how massive black holes form and grow in a cosmological context. I am interested in seed formation, triggers of black hole growth, wandering black holes, intermediate mass black holes, the co-evolution of black holes and their host galaxies, searching for massive black holes in dwarf galaxies, and making predictions for gravitational wave detectors, because maybe some day there will be some.

Here at AMNH I am working with Mordecai Mac Low to explore whether intermediate mass black holes can form in the accretion disks of supermassive black holes.  Stay tuned!