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Eric J. Baxter

img Fomalhaut as seen by Planck (see our paper here)

email: ericjbax at gmail dot com
github: github.com/ebaxter
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Current position: Assistant Professor at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
Former positions: Kavli Senior Fellow at the Univeristy of Cambridge (2019-2020)
Postdoc in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Pennsylvania (2014-2019)
Education: Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago (2014)

Research interests: cosmology, large scale structure, gravitational lensing, cosmic microwave background, cross-correlations, statistical methods

Broadly, my research is motivated by some of the big, unanswered questions facing cosmologists today. Are tensions between the results of several recent cosmological surveys indicating a problem with the standard cosmological model, or are they caused by systematic errors? Is our understanding of structure formation correct, and can we accurately model the structures of the most massive dark matter halos in the Universe? What are the processes that drive astrophysical feedback and control galaxy formation? I am particularly interested in developing and implementing new methods to answer these questions using galaxy surveys, cosmic microwave background surveys, and cross-correlations between the two. Beyond these cosmology-related topics, I am interested in thinking about new applications of astronomical surveys and challenging data analysis questions. My work tends to lie at the intersection of data analysis and theory.

I am an assistant professor at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Before that I was briefly a Kavli Senior Fellow in the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, and before that a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. I completed my PhD at the University of Chicago under the supervision of Prof. Scott Dodelson.