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 Tempe, AZ and am working towards a PhD in Astrophysics at Arizona State University.
Current Research: My research involves coming up with abstract models for real world problems. I work with Sara Walker and the Emergence Group at ASU, which studies the origin of life. My favorite part about studying the origin of life is that it is still an open question. Any abstract way of thinking about problems is encouraged and insight comes from a wide array of topics including thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, network theory, cellular automata, social insects and much more! Currently, my primary project is modeling the emergence of collective behavior in Temnothorax ants. Additionally, I am working with Steve Desch on modeling the vaporization of hot, rocky exoplanets next to their host stars.
Outside of school, I love being around my friends and family. I love talking about ideas and I love reading. In my down time, I watch movies and tv shows. I enjoy physical activity - especially with friends. My favorite books include Anna Karenina (Tolstoy), The Myth of Sisyphus (Camus), Disturbing the Universe (Dyson), Fathers and Sons (Turgenev), White Fang (London) and a few others I can't recall - I guess I don't love them that much haha!