PhD Student, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Research Interests: Life vs Nonlife, Causality, Complex Systems, Exoplanets/Biosignatures
Education: BS in Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics from the University of Arizona
Current Research: Jake Hanson is Astrophysics PhD student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. His research interest focuses primarily on quantifying the difference between living and non-living systems, but he is happy to foray into a wide variety of dynamical systems. Currently, he works on understanding decision making in insects, hydrodynamic models of disintegrating exoplanets, and mathematical theories of causality. His undergraduate research involved implementing post-processing algorithms for the direct detection of new exoplanets.
Personal: Outside of research, he enjoys woodworking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.