Hayden R. Foote He/Him

Astronomy Graduate Student


Head-shotI'm a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona working with Dr. Gurtina Besla. My main research interests are in galaxy dynamics and evolution as well as cosmology. I use supercomputer simulations to study the dynamics of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies and what their interactions with the Milky Way can tell us about the nature of dark matter.

Before joining Steward as a grad student, I earned a B.A. in Astronomy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. While at CU, I worked with Dr. Ann-Marie Madigan to understand the dynamics of stars in eccentric nuclear disks, a type of star cluster found around supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies such as Andromeda.