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Paul Torrey

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Assistant Professor

Office: 310 Bryant Space Science Center
Phone: (352) 294–1846
Fax: (352) 392–5089

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, Harvard, 2014

Areas of Specialty

Galaxy formation and evolution, cosmological simulations of galaxy formation, numerical methods, high performance computing

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the role the feedback plays in shaping galaxy populations. We use very large cosmological simulations which include comprehensive galaxy formation physics models to both create realistic galaxy populations, and to further understand how and why such galaxy populations formed. Our group has played a central role in the Illustris and IllustrisTNG simulations, and continues to develop new and novel methods for modeling galaxy formation.


I received my B.S. from Cornell University in Applied Physics, and my Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard University in 2014 under the supervision of Lars Hernquist. I did postdoctoral work at MIT, including a Hubble Fellowship, where I worked with Mark Vogelsberger, Rob Simcoe, and Phil Hopkins. I started as an assistant professor at University of Florida in 2018.