Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, expected 2023

M.A. in Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, May 2020

B.S. Physics (Astrophysics) with Highest Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, August 2018
Summa cum laude, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis, GPA: 4.0

A.A. Mathematics, A.S. Physics, West Valley College, May 2015
Honor Graduate, Dean’s List, GPA: 4.0

Research Interests

Theoretical and computational astrophysics with an emphasis on the late-stage evolution of massive stars.

Awards and Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020-2023

Berkeley Graduate Fellow, 2018-2020

Barry Goldwater Scholarship, 2017

Elmer A. Fridley Scholarship in the Physical Sciences, UCSC Division of Physical & Biological Sciences, 2017

UROP Undergraduate Research Scholarship, California Space Grant Consortium, 2017

UROP Undergraduate Research Scholarship, California Space Grant Consortium, 2016

Undergraduate Research in the Sciences Award, UCSC Division of Physical & Biological Sciences, 2016

Regents Scholarship, University of California Regents, 2015 – 2017

Journal Publications

Soumi De, Morgan MacLeod, Rosa Wallace-Everson, Andrea Antoni, Ilya Mandel, & Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Common Envelope Wind Tunnel: The Effects of Binary Mass Ratio and Implications for the Accretion-Driven Growth of LIGO Binary Black Holes.  The Astrophysical Journal, 897, 2 (2020). [ADS]

Andrea Antoni, Morgan MacLeod, & Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. The Evolution of Binaries in a Gaseous Medium: Three-Dimensional Simulations of Binary Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion.  The Astrophysical Journal, 884, 22 (2019). [ADS]

Nicolas Kaaz, Andrea Antoni, & Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz.  Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion onto Star Clusters.  The Astrophysical Journal, 876, 142 (2019). [ADS]

Morgan MacLeod, Andrea Antoni, Ariadna Murguia-Berthier, Phillip Macias, & Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Common Envelope Wind Tunnel: Coefficients of Drag and Accretion in a Simplified Context for Studying Flows Around Objects Embedded Within Stellar Envelopes. The Astrophysical Journal, 838, 56 (2017). [ADS]

Ariadna Murguia-Berthier, Morgan MacLeod, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Andrea Antoni, & Phillip Macias. Accretion Disk Assembly During Common Envelope Evolution: Implications for Feedback and LIGO Binary Black Hole Formation. The Astrophysical Journal, 845, 173 (2017). [ADS]

Presentations

Poster, The Evolution of Binaries in a Gaseous Medium, Space Telescope Institute Spring Symposium, 2019

Talk, The Evolution of Binaries in a Gaseous Medium, GAFD Seminar, Department of Applied Math and Statistics, UCSC, 2018

Talk, The Evolution of Binaries in a Gaseous Medium, Ciera Theory Group, Northwestern University, 2018

Poster, Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion onto Binaries, 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 2017

Talk, Common Envelope Wind Tunnel: Coefficients of Drag and Accretion in a Simplified Context for Studying Flows Around Objects Embedded Within Stellar Envelopes, Astronomy Department Coffee, UCSC, 2017

Informal talk, Binary Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion: Simulation Setup and First Results, Astronomy Department Journal Club, Institute for Advanced Study, 2017

Poster, Drag-Induced Orbital Decay during Common Envelope, STEM Transfer Day, UCSC, 2017

Talk, Dynamical Friction, Donor Visit, SLUG Lab, UCSC, 2017

Poster, Drag-Induced Orbital Decay during Common Envelope, Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCSC, 2016

Informal talk, Dynamical Friction Calculations in Common Envelope, Computational Astrophysics Seminar Hour, UCSC, 2016

Poster, How does a moving mass accrete matter from its environment?, Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCSC, 2015

Research History

Graduate Student Researcher, UC Berkeley, Advisor: Eliot Quataert, 2018 –

Undergraduate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz, Advisors Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Morgan Macleod, 2015 – 2018

Undergraduate Fellow, Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics: Astrophysics with Gravitational Wave Detections, 2017

Summer Research Fellow, Lamat Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Advisors: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Jill Naiman, 2015

Academic Service & Outreach

UC Berkeley:
Graduate Liaison for Undergraduate Programs, 2020-
Coordinator, POWER Bay Area, 2020-
Mentor and Coordinator, Berkeley Astro Scholars, 2020-
Mentor and Coordinator, Berkeley Compass Project, 2020-
Mentor, CalBridge 2019
Mentor, Berkeley Compass Project, 2019
Mentor, Physics 153 class for new transfer students, 2019
Astronomy Demo Volunteer, CalDay, UC Berkeley, 2019
Panelist, Women in STEM conference, West Valley College, 2019
Speaker, Girls Paving the Way (Lakeview Middle School Chapter), 2018

UC Santa Cruz:
Host, STEM Transfer Day Lab Tours, SLUG Lab, 2018
Mentor, SPS / WiPA Physics Mentoring Program, 2018
Panelist, STEM Transfer Day Student Panel, 2017
Host, Watsonville High School Tours, SLUG Lab, 2017
Director, UCSC Supercomputer Lab for Undergraduates, 2016 – 2018
Host, Astronomy Dept. External Review Committee, SLUG Lab, 2016
Member, Lamat REU Selection Committee, 2016

West Valley College:
Math Tutor, Math Resource Center, Subjects: Arithmetic, Algebra, Calculus (I, II, III), Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, 2012 – 2015
Member, Student Learning and Program Effectiveness Committee, 2015
Co-President, Graphic Designer, Webmaster, West Valley STEM Club, 2014
Organizer, STEM Fair, 2014

Press Releases

“Shooting for the stars,”  Dan White, UC Santa Cruz Magazine, October 2018. [article]

“Undergrad wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship,”  Tim Stephens, April 2017.
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Last updated August 2020