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Ben Nelson

Graduate Student

MS 2011 (University of Florida)


309 Bryant Space Science Center
(352) 392 2052 (256)


Areas of Specialty

Extrasolar Planet Theory, Orbital Dynamics, Bayesian Statistics, High Performance Computing.

Research Interests

My current research involves the orbital dynamics of exoplanet systems: extracting orbital elements from radial velocity data with n-body MCMC, performing n-body simulations to look at orbital evolution (e.g. librating angles, long-term stability), and analyzing the statistical properties of the exoplanet population as a whole.


I am currently a fourth-year PhD student in the Astronomy Department at the University of Florida. I received my B.S. in Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Greg Laughlin. I currently work under Dr. Eric Ford here at UF.

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