From 2007-2012 I was a Hubble Fellow and Menzel Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I got my PhD in astronomy at UC-Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory. Recently my work has focused on studying compact objects, especially on searches for black holes in globular clusters and Galactic binaries among Fermi gamma-ray sources. This work is supported by a Packard Fellowship and grants from NSF and NASA.
I am also a proud member of the SAGES group, which studies extragalactic globular cluster systems as a means to understand galaxy formation. Our current focus is the SLUGGS survey. I have broad interests in old stellar populations, including star clusters in the local universe, dwarf galaxies, and mass loss in red giants.I'm a member of Stars, Milky Way, and Local Volume science collaboration for LSST. Kevin Covey and I chair the sub-group on Star Clusters. I also contributed to the LSST science book, which is here, and the LSST cadence science book. My research group at MSU includes postdocs Ryan Urquhart and Kirill Sokolovsky, graduate students Laura Shishkovsky, Samuel Swihart, and Teresa Panurach, and several undergraduates. Some students are co-advised with Laura Chomiuk. Do an astro-ph or ADS search on me. The Brodie & Strader (2006) review of extragalactic globular clusters. My CV.
I can be reached at: NOstraderSPAM@pa.msu.edu
I have two goats, one of whom (Magellan) is pictured to the right.