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Martin Bo Nielsen
Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Martin Nielsen's research centered on the study of stellar magnetic activity and how it relates to that of the Sun. He mainly uses data aquired from the NASA Kepler satellite, which is useful for studying minute variations in the light of other stars. These variations can be used to measure the rotation of a star, which in turn is thought to be a driver of the dynamo mechanism present in Sun-like stars.
Martin finished his PhD in 2016, with a thesis on measurements of stellar differential rotation with asteroseismology and photometric variability. He did his Bachelors degree in physics and Master's degree in Astrophysics at Aarhus University in Denmark. During this time, he spent a year as a student support astronomer at the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma in Spain. Following this, he started his PhD at the University of Göttingen in Germany, which I finished in 2016. The topic of his thesis is the measurement of rotation of Sun-like stars, using asteroseismology and photometric variability from surface features.