PhD Student, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Hello! My name is Jake Hanson. I am originally from a small Mississippi river town known as Onalaska, WI. I went to college at the University of Arizona in Tucson and majored in Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics. Currently, I live in Scottsale, AZ and am working towards a PhD in Astrophysics at Arizona State University.
Current Research: My skill set revolves around coming up with abstract models for real world problems. Currently, I study the nature and origin of life with Sara Walker and the Emergence Group at ASU. My favorite part about this research is that virtually any abstract way of thinking can be useful and insight comes from a wide variety of disciplines including thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, information theory, cellular automata, and social insects. Currently, my primary project is modeling the emergence of collective decisions in Temnothorax albipennis ants. In addition, I work with Steve Desch on modeling the vaporization of hot, rocky exoplanets, with the goal of backing out compositional information using spectroscopic data.
Outside of school, the most important thing to me is family and friends. I love traveling, as well as going out to movies and restaurants. My hobbies include woodworking, cooking, and reading. Some of my favorite books are Anna Karenina, The Myth of Sisyphus, Fathers and Sons, White Fang, and All the Light We Cannot See - to name just a few.