Hector RCD Awardee since 2021
Dr. Dylan Nelson

Dr. Dylan Nelson

Center for Astron­omy (ZAH), Heidel­berg University

Dylan Nelson is an Emmy Noether research group leader at the Insti­tute for Theoret­i­cal Astro­physics within the Center for Astron­omy (ITA/ZAH) of Heidel­berg University.

His research group special­izes in compu­ta­tional galaxy forma­tion and evolu­tion, design­ing and carry­ing out numer­i­cal simula­tions to better under­stand how galax­ies grow across cosmic time. Dylan's research focuses on how gas flows: in to, out of, and around galax­ies. His inter­ests include the cosmic baryon cycle, the circum­galac­tic medium, and energetic feedback processes.

Dylan is a leader of the Illus­trisTNG Project, a next gener­a­tion of cosmo­log­i­cal magne­to­hy­dro­dy­nam­i­cal simula­tions. He is a member of the DFG funded research initia­tives SFB881 "The Milky Way System" and the STRUC­TURES cluster of excel­lence. He was previ­ously a postdoc­toral fellow at the Max Planck Insti­tute for Astro­physics, after complet­ing his PhD at Harvard University.

Zentrum für Astronomie (ZAH)
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Forschungsfeld Physik

— Physics

Forschungsfeld Informatik

— Infor­mat­ics

Research fields

Physics, Infor­mat­ics

Theoret­i­cal Astrophysics
Compu­ta­tional Struc­ture Formation
Galaxy Forma­tion and Evolution
Circum­galac­tic Medium
Stellar and Super­mas­sive Black Hole Feedback
Cosmic Baryon Cycle