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Astrobites features daily summaries of academic papers submitted to the ArXiv in the field of astronomy. Most articles are written by graduate students with the aim of a brief but comprehensive coverage of the background, methods, and conclusions. On occasion, we highlight outstanding undergraduate research, and tips for graduate school.

I was a rotation writer for 2019 and 2020, contributing one article per month as well as serving as a peer editor. A listing of my articles can be found here. Here are some recent ones:

MAY 2020
The Missing Link: New Insights from Post-starburst Outflows
What can outflowing gas tell us about the connection between rapid galaxy growth and AGN activity?

APRIL 2020
The Grand Twirl
How well a galaxy dances may be a matter of life or death.

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John R. Weaver
John R. Weaver
PhD Fellow in Astrophysics

My research interests lie almost exclusively within the realm of extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. I use state-of-the-art optical and infrared observatories and surveys to study the lives of galaxies, and how their properties change over cosmic time. This includes detailed case studies of individual galaxies, as well as statistical analyses of large survey catalogs.