Karolina Garcia

Graduate Student


309 Bryant Space Science Center
(352) 294–1852
(352) 392–5089


Educational Background
  • B.E., Industrial Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 2015

  • M.Sc., Astronomy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2018
Areas of Specialty
Cosmology, Extragalactic Astrophysics, Large Surveys, Galaxy Clusters, Type Ia Supernovae

Research Interests
My research interests are fairly broad, ranging from observational data analysis to theoretical cosmology. For the past couple years, I have conducted a theoretical study on how to optimize survey strategies in order to measure peculiar velocity fields with Type Ia supernovae; and I was also involved in the development of the J-PAS/J-PLUS supernova detection pipeline. Now, as a US member of the Euclid team, I am performing tests on one of its algorithms for finding galaxy clusters.

I was born in San Diego-CA, and raised in different parts of Brazil, where I received both my bachelor's and master's degrees. During my master's studies, I worked with Dr. Miguel Quartin and Dr. Beatriz Siffert on Type Ia Supernova Cosmology. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Florida, working with Dr. Anthony Gonzalez on galaxy clusters detection. Science outreach is one of my passions; I am part of the Ad Astra Academy team since 2015, and one of the coordinators of the Astrotubers Youtube channel project since 2017. I enjoy being outdoors, traveling, dancing, and chatting about the mysteries of the universe.