I grew up in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, and graduated from Stevenson High School in 2000. In 2004 I received my B.S. degree from the University of Iowa (in Iowa City). Then in 2010 I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Now I am a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and the Adler Planetarium.
I went into college intending to pursue a double major in Physics and Studio Art (i.e., painting, drawing, etc.). I had always been interested in Astronomy, and after taking my first astronomy class at the UI, I was hooked, and declared Astronomy as another major. By the end my second year, I decided to move Studio Art to a minor (art history classes were not enjoyable), and focus more attention on astronomy. I started a research project with Steve Spangler, simulating observations using a VLA antenna made near the Sun to study the Solar wind. After my junior year, I spent a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia as an NSF REU student. I worked with Tony Minter to model the Galactic magnetic field. At the start of my senior year, I realized that I only needed a few more classes to get a Mathematics major as well. In 2004 I received my B.S. degree with majors in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (and honors in Physics and Astronomy).
I went straight into graduate school at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. During my first semester I was a Teaching Assistant for the Astro 104 "Exploration of the Solar System" course. The next semester, I began working with Bob Mathieu, and I have continued collaborating with Bob ever since. After receiving my Masters degree in 2006, I began my thesis work studying the old (7 Gyr) open cluster NGC 188. In my 5th year at the UW, I co-taught the Astronomy 113 "Hands on the Universe " lab course. During my 6 years at the UW, I learned a great detail about being a scientist, performing astronomy research, teaching and mentoring. In August of 2010, I completed my doctoral thesis and received my Ph.D.
From 2010 to 2013 I was the Lindheimer Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. I am currently an NSF AAPF fellow jointly appointed at Northwestern and the Adler Planetarium. I am pursuing a number of exciting research projects. And I am also enjoying my time back in the Northern suburbs of Chicago.
For more details, please see my CV and publication list.
Also here is a link to my Google Scholar profile. (Yes, I am a co-author on two biochemistry articles from research when I was in high school!)
For my full bibliography on NASA ADS click the button below, and also see my publications on the arXiv. Please note: these searches may include publications by authors with similar names.
- "Stellar Radial Velocities in the Old Open Cluster M67 (NGC 2682). I. Memberships, Binaries, and Kinematics", Geller, A. M., Latham, D. W. & Mathieu, R. D., 2015, AJ, 150, 97
- "Interrupted Stellar Encounters in Star Clusters", Geller, A. M. & Leigh, N. W. C., 2015, ApJL, 808, 25
- "Different Dynamical Ages for the Two Young and Coeval LMC Star Clusters, NGC 1805 and NGC 1818, Imprinted on Their Binary Populations", Geller, A. M., de Grijs, R. Li, C. & Hurley, J. R., 2015, ApJ, 805, 11
- "The Blue Stragglers of the Old Open Cluster NGC 188", Mathieu, R. D. & Geller, A. M., 2014, Chapter 3, in "Ecology of Blue Straggler Stars", H.M.J. Boffin, G. Carraro & G. Beccari (Eds), Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Springer
- "Consequences of Dynamical Disruption and Mass Segregation for the Binary Frequencies of Star Clusters", Geller, A. M., de Grijs, R., Li, C. & Hurley, J. 2013, ApJ, 779, 30
- "The Dynamical Significance of Triple Star Systems in Star Clusters", Leigh, N. W. C. & Geller, A. M. 2013, MNRAS, 432, 2474
- "Direct N-Body Modeling of the Old Open Cluster NGC 188: A Detailed Comparison of Theoretical and Observed Binary Star and Blue Straggler Populations", Geller, A. M., Hurley, J. R & Mathieu, R. D., 2013, AJ, 145, 8
Selected for the AJ Highlights Collection at the AAS 223 conference
- "Small-N collisional dynamics: pushing into the realm of not-so-small N", Leigh, N. & Geller, A. M. 2012, MNRAS, 425, 2369
- "WIYN Open Cluster Study. XLVIII. The Hard-Binary Population of NGC 188", Geller, A. M., & Mathieu, R. D. 2012, AJ, 114, 54
- "A Mass Transfer Origin for Blue Stragglers in NGC 188 as Revealed by Half-Solar-Mass Companions", Geller, A. M. & Mathieu, R. D. 2011, Nature, 487, 356
- "WIYN Open Cluster Study. XXXVIII. Stellar Radial Velocities in the Young Open Cluster M35 (NGC 2168)", Geller, A. M., Mathieu, R. D., Braden, E. K., Meibom, S., Platais, I. & Dolan, C. J. 2010, AJ, 129, 1383
- "A Binary Star Fraction of 76 per cent and Unusual Orbit Parameters for the Blue Stragglers of NGC 188", Mathieu, R. D. & Geller, A. M. 2009, Nature, 462, 1032
- "WIYN Open Cluster Study. XXXVI. Spectroscopic Binary Orbits in NGC 188", Geller, A. M., Mathieu, R. D., Harris, H. C., & McClure, R. D., 2009, AJ, 137, 3743
- "WIYN Open Cluster Study. XXXII. Stellar Radial Velocity in the Old Open Cluster NGC 188", Geller, A. M., Mathieu, R. D., Harris, H. C., & McClure, R. D., 2008, AJ, 135, 2264
- "Surprising Dissimilarities in a Newly Formed Pair of 'Identical Twin' Stars", Stassun, K. G., Mathieu, R. D., Cargile, P. A., Aarnio, A. N., Stempels, E., & Geller, A., 2008, 453, 1079