Intro

Hello! I am Tobin Wainer. I graduated from the University of Utah in May with an Honors Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy. I am currently taking a gap year before begining a PhD. program, working as a post-baccalaureate researcher with Dr. Gail Zasowski.

Research

For a complete list of my Publications, click here .

I began conducting research with Dr. Cliff Johnson at Northwestern University and CIERA, and Dr. Anil Seth at the University of Utah on two projects which you can read about below. My current project is working with Dr. Gail Zasowski at the University of Utah.

Star Clusters in M33

Our main goal was to construct a catalog of Star Clusters in the Triangulum Galaxy(M33) using data from the Hubble Space Telescope. We used the Citizen Science platform hosted by zooniverse.org to conduct a visual search for star clusters. Because star clusters are a key tool to studying star formation at different epochs, this catalog will be the basis of gaining usefull information about one of our nearest galactic neighbors.

Here is an example of a Hubble Space Telescope image that a volunteer would view and try to identify clusters, and on the right is where volunteers said clusters were located.

This star cluster catalog was the basis for my next project, measuring and analysing the star cluster mass function of M33. The star cluster mass function provides valuable insights into how large star cluster can be in a galaxy, which we found to be consistent with the local star forming rates. In addition, we analyzed how impactful individual star cluster mass uncertainties are in measuring the cluster mass function.

On the left is the distribution of star cluster masses in M33, with the best-fit mass function parameters overploted, and the right plot shows a clear coorelation between the truncation mass of a galaxy's cluster mass function and that galaxy's star formation.

Ensemble Variability

I am also involved in analyzing time series data from TESS to characterize star cluster ages with the variabilty of their light curves.

CV

To open my CV, please click Here.

Personal

I grew up in Moab, Utah, and fostered an avid love for the outdoors. Ouside of work, I love backpacking, skiing, mountaineering, and climbing. I am also an avid sports fan, following the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz, and Colorado Rockies.

Contact

You can reach me by email at: tobinwainer [at] gmail.com

Also, here is a link to my Linkedin and github profiles.

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