Hi, John Wendeborn here!
I'm a fifth-year grad student studying Astronomy at Boston University.
As a grad student, I work with Professor Catherine Espaillat and several awesome grad students on protoplanetary disks, young stars, and stellar accretion. My own work has been somewhat split between two topics:
FUor Objects - Very young stars that have recently undergone massive accretion outbursts. These bursts can have a profound impact on the surrounding disk & environment.
T Tauri Stars - Young (slightly older than FUor Objects), low-mass stars - think proto-suns. They show a wide array of variability, primarily due to uneven accretion from the disk.
In my spare time, I'm a big baseball fan, frequent the movie theater, go bowling from time to time, and often wander around Boston on my bike. I also follow tech and science news, play the occasional video game, do tons of cooking.
Credit : NASA JPL
I gave this virtual talk in December 2020 for the conference: "5 Years After HL Tau: A New Era in Planet Formation".
If you want to learn a bit more about this work, check out my paper on the subject.
Also check out the great talks from others in my group (past and present):