Jacob T VanderPlas

Contact Information

Email: vanderplas@astro
Office : B337
Phone : 206.543.2922
Fax : 206.685.0403
Dept. of Astronomy
University of Washington
Box 351580
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

Shipping Address:
3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

About Me

After completing my undergraduate studies in Physics at Calvin College, I took a few years off before returning to academia. In those years I lived in Sendai, Japan, where I taught English at a non-profit student center, then returned to the US and spent two years as an outdoor educator with Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School (just outside Santa Cruz, CA) and Summit Adventure (just outside Yosemite). Those two years working and teaching outdoors among the Redwoods, Sequoias, granite peaks, and dark skies rekindled my interest in science in general, and Astronomy in particular. I began my doctoral studies at the UW in 2006. When not working on my research, I enjoy growing food in my garden, training and competing in local triathlons, and playing bluegrass mandolin.

Research Interests

I started my PhD with a vague interest in cosmology, and a hope to land in an institution with the resources to learn more. UW has offered plenty of opportunities in that area.