I am a native of Mongolia (as you can see from the picture above) and a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. In general, I am interested in theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on the evolution of massive stars and core collapse supernovae. I want to better understand unexplored details of 'smaller' massive stars that ignite Neon off-center, truly massive stars that produce pulsational pair instability supernovae, and of course everything inbetween. Why exactly some stars explode or implode, how the answer depends on the uncertainties in the physics (convection, nuclear, mass loss, ...), and what are the resulting implications (nucleosynthesis, ...) are the questions I want to answer. By addressing these, for my thesis, I am aiming to create a large modern open source library of 1D presupernova models.

My main advisor is Professor Stanford Woosley, but I interact a lot with Alex Heger (Monash), Casey Meakin (LANL and UA) and Mark Krumholz (UCSC). I am a member of the SciDAC team.

Beside science I love to eat food with lots of meat and practice/watch Mongolian wrestling. I've been shooting actively since 2008 - check out my photography skills from my photoblog. I also enjoy doing science outreach activities both in U.S. and in my home country.


Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
office: Natural Sciences II 185
e-mail: sukhbold [at] ucolick [dot] org