Assistant Professor
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow
2011 -- 2013
U Wisconsin, Madison

Sherman Fairchild Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics
2008 -- 2011
California Insitute of Technology

Contact Information

email: abrooks at physics.rutgers.edu
office: 306 Serin
office phone: (848) 445-8877
Mail: Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Rutgers University
136 Frelinghuysen Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854


University of Washington
Summer 2008
Ph.D. in Astronomy
Thesis Title: "The Role of Gas in the Evolution of Disk Galaxies"
Thesis Advisor: Fabio Governato

University of Washington
Sept 2004
M.S. in Astronomy

Macalester College
Dec 2000
B.A. in Physics with Astronomy emphasis, magna cum laude


Tinsley Visiting Scholar, UT Austin, Spring 2010
Space Grant Fellow, Spring 2008
Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, 2005
Space Grant Fellow, 2002-2003

Diversity & Outreach

Project SUPER Mentor
Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates: A Program for Excellence in Research) is a STEM-focused enrichment program that offers undergraduate women the opportunity to actively participate in academic research.
Spring 2014
Price Foundation Fellows Program Mentor
The goal of the PFF program is to provide supportive services to youth, ages 17-25, attending Rutgers (who have current or former experience in the child welfare system in New Jersey or other States) to successfully graduate from college.
Spring 2014
Girl Scouts
Led "Big Explosions & Strong Gravity" workshop event for Girl Scouts of greater Los Angeles.
May 2009
Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP)
Coordinated outreach and information sessions on the Astronomy Department's Pre-MAP program.
Fall 2005 -- Spring 2006
The Ronald E. McNair & The Early Identification Programs
U. Washington Office of Minority Affairs
Graduate Advisor. Mentored underrepresented undergraduates in their research and graduate school preparation process. Designed and led workshops about the graduate application process and tools for successful research. Coordinated annual undergraduate research symposium.
Fall 2003 -- Spring 2005
SMARTGirls (Science and Math At the Right Time for Girls) Expand Your Horizons
Annual workshop addressing science and diversity with middle school girls.
2003/2004 2005/2011

Invited Talks (last four years)

EWASS Symposium, Testable Solutions to the Dark Matter Problem: Theory & Observations July 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Astroparticle Physics June 2014
8th Sackler Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics, Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter May 2014
IAS, Seminar Series
KITP, Santa Barbara, Fire Down Below: The Impact of Feedback on Star and Galaxy Formation
AMNH, Astronomy Seminar
April 2014
Lehigh University, Physics Colloqium
Kenyon College, Physics Colloqium
March 2014
Tenerife, Spain, Invited Lecturer, DAGAL Collaboration Meeting Feb 2014
HIA, Victoria, BC, Astronomy Seminar Jan 2014
CUNY, 2013 Tri-State Astronomy Meeting Sept 2013
Harvard University, Self-Interacting Dark Matter Workshop Aug 2013
Hamilton Island, Australia, Feeding, Feedback, and Fireworks: Celebrating Our Cosmic Landscape June 2013
KITP, Santa Barbara, Identifying and Characterizing Dark Matter via Multiple Probes May 2013
Lijiang, China, Dissecting Galaxies with 2D Wide-field Spectroscopy March 2013
Carnegie Observatories, Astronomy Colloqium Feb 2013
UC Riverside, Astronomy Seminar
Notre Dame, Astronomy Seminar Series
Michigan State U, Astronomy Colloquium
U Michigan, Astronomy Colloquium
Jan 2013
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, "Nature of Dark Matter" series Nov 2012
Macalester College, Physics Colloquium Sept 2012
STScI, May Symposium, Gas Flows in Galaxies May 2012
U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Astronomy Colloquium April 2012
AAO, Sydney, Australia, Large Surveys in the Multi-IFS Era
U Massachusetts, Amherst, Astronomy Colloquium
Feb 2012
Rutgers University, Astrophysics Seminar Jan 2012
Queen's University, Astronomy Seminar Nov 2011
Northwestern U, The Future of Astronomy Sept 2011
UCLA, Astronomy Colloquium May 2011
Fermilab, Particle Astrophysics Seminar Nov 2010
U Wisconsin, Madison, Astronomy Colloquium
UC Santa Cruz, Astronomy Colloquium
Oct 2010
UC San Diego, Astrophysics Seminar Series Sept 2010
UC Santa Cruz, Galaxy Formation and Evolution Workshop Aug 2010
KIAA, Beijing, China, Chemistry, Dynamics, and Structure of the Milky Way July 2010
U Texas Austin, Visiting Tinsley Scholar Lecture April 2010
U Arizona, Theoretical Astrophysics Program, Seminar Series
Jan 2010
Sydney, Australia, Missing Baryons, Accretion, and Feedback in Galaxies Dec 2009
Space Telescope Science Institute, Colloquium Series
UC Berkeley, Theoretical Astrophysics Center, Seminar Series
Nov 2009
U Texas, Austin, Frank N. Bash Symposium Oct 2009

Last modified: 25-August-2013