Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • PhD Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University 2017
  • BSc Physics with Computer Science Minor, University of Calgary 2011

Research Experience

  • Universität Heidelberg, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2017-present
  • McMaster University, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2017
  • McMaster University, PhD Thesis project, stellar feedback processes in galaxy simulations. 2011-2017
  • University of Calgary, Median stacking for radio polarization project, 2009-2010
  • University of Calgary, Source finding software evaluation with POSSUM Working Group 2, Summer 2010
  • University of Calgary, Radio Emission and Polarization of Optically Selected AGN Host Galaxies, Physics 599 Independent Research Project, Fall 2010

Awards

  • Clifton W. Sherman Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Provincial Government, 2015
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Provincial Government, 2012 & 2014
  • Eugene G. Bolotkin Scholarship, McMaster University Graduate Prestige Scholarship, 2012 (Declined)
  • Student Peer Assistance Undergraduate Bursaries, University of Calgary, 2010
  • Jason Lang Scholarship, Alberta Education, 2009 & 2010
  • Dean's Merit Admission Award - Faculty of Science, University of Calgary, 2006
  • Admission Scholarship, University of Calgary, 2006

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, McMaster University Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy, 2011-present
  • Physics Tutor, Alberta High School Physics, 2010-2011

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Gasoline2: A Modern Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Code

    James W. Wadsley, Benjamin W. Keller, Thomas R. Quinn 2017 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • Star formation and ISM morphology in tidally induced spiral structures

    Alex R. Pettitt, Elizabeth J. Tasker, James W. Wadsley, Ben W. Keller, Samantha M. Benincasa 2017 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • The AGORA High-resolution Galaxy Simulations Comparison Project. II. Isolated Disk Test

    Ji-hoon Kim, Oscar Agertz, Romain Teyssier, Michael J. Butler, Daniel Ceverino, Jun-Hwan Choi, Robert Feldmann, Ben W. Keller, Alessandro Lupi, Thomas Quinn, Yves Revaz, Spencer Wallace, Nickolay Y. Gnedin, Samuel N. Leitner, Sijing Shen, Britton D. Smith, Robert Thompson, Matthew J. Turk, Tom Abel, Kenza S. Arraki, Samantha M. Benincasa, Sukanya Chakrabarti, Colin DeGraf, Avishai Dekel, Nathan J. Goldbaum, Philip F. Hopkins, Cameron B. Hummels, Anatoly Klypin, Hui Li, Piero Madau, Nir Mandelker, Lucio Mayer, Kentaro Nagamine, Sarah Nickerson, Brian W. O'Shea, Joel R. Primack, Santi Roca-Fàbrega, Vadim Semenov, Ikkoh Shimizu, Christine M. Simpson, Keita Todoroki, James W. Wadsley, John H. Wise, AGORA Collaboration 2017 The Astrophysical Journal

  • CDM is consistent with SPARC Acceleration Law

    B. W. Keller, J. W. Wadsley 2017 The Astrophysical Journal Letters

  • The anatomy of a star-forming galaxy: pressure-driven regulation of star formation in simulated galaxies

    S. M. Benincasa, J. Wadsley, H. M. P. Couchman , B. W. Keller 2016 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • NIHAO project II: Halo shape, phase-space density and velocity distribution of dark matter in galaxy formation simulations

    Iryna Butsky, Andrea V. Macciò, Aaron A. Dutton, Liang Wang, Greg S. Stinson, Camilla Penzo, Xi Kang, Ben W. Keller, James Wadsley 2016 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • Clumpy high-z galaxies as a testbed for feedback-regulated galaxy formation

    Lucio Mayer, Valentina Tamburello, Alessandro Lupi, Ben Keller, J. Wadsley, Piero Madau Accepted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters

  • Cosmological Galaxy Evolution with Superbuble Feedback II: The Limits of Supernovae

    B. W. Keller, J. Wadsley, H. M. P. Couchman 2016 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • NIHAO IV: Core creation and destruction in dark matter density profiles across cosmic time

    Edouard Tollet, Andrea V. Macciò, Aaron A. Dutton, Greg S. Stinson, Liang Wang, Camilla Penzo, Thales A. Gutcke, Tobias Buck, Xi Kang, Chris Brook, Arianna Di Cintio, Ben W. Keller, James Wadsley 2016 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • NIHAO III: The Constant Disc Mass Conspiracy

    G.S. Stinson, A.A. Dutton, L. Wang, A.V. Macciò, J. Herpich, J.D. Bradford, T.R. Quinn, J. Wadsley, B. Keller 2015 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • Cosmological Galaxy Evolution with Superbubble Feedback I: Realistic Galaxies with Moderate Feedback

    B. W. Keller, J. Wadsley, H. M. P. Couchman 2015 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • NIHAO project I: Reproducing the inefficiency of galaxy formation across cosmic time with a large sample of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations

    Liang Wang, Aaron A. Dutton, Gregory S. Stinson, Andrea V. Macciò, Camilla Penzo, Xi Kang, Ben W. Keller, James Wadsley 2015 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • Faint dwarfs as a test of DM models: WDM vs. CDM

    Fabio Governato, Daniel Weisz, Andrew Pontzen, Sarah Loebman, Darren Reed, Alyson M. Brooks, Peter Behroozi, Charlotte Christensen, Piero Madau, Lucio Mayer, Sijing Shen, Matthew Walker, Thomas Quinn, Benjamin W. Keller, James Wadsley 2015 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • A Superbubble Feedback Model for Galaxy Simulations

    B.W. Keller, J. Wadsley,S.M Benincasa, H.M.P Couchman 2014 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

  • Degree of Polarization and Source Counts of Faint Radio Sources from Stacking Polarized Intensity

    J.M. Stil, B.W. Keller, S.J. George, A.R. Taylor 2014 The Astrophysical Journal

  • Detection Thresholds and Bias Correction in Polarized Intensity

    Samuel J. George, Jeroen M. Stil, Ben W. Keller 2011 Publications of The Astronomical Society of Australia

Invited Talks

Contributed Talks

  • Superbubble Driven Galactic Winds: Realistic Galaxies from moderate Feedback Energy

    B.W. Keller, J. Wadsley (Talk delivered at Galaxy Workshop 2015 in Santa Cruz, USA)

  • Superbubble Driven Outflows in Cosmological Galaxy Evolution

    B.W. Keller, J. Wadsley, H.M.P Couchman (Talk delivered at CASCA 2015 in Hamilton, Canada)

  • Superbubble Feedback in Galaxy Simulations

    B.W. Keller, J. Wadsley, S.M Benincasa, H.M.P Couchman (Talk delivered at CASCA 2014 in Quebec, Canada)

  • Simulating Gas and Gravity in Galaxies with Gasoline

    Ben Keller, James Wadsley, Hugh Couchman (Talk Delivered at SHARCNet Research Day 2013 in Oakville, Canada)

  • Polarized Source Counts and Stacking

    Samuel J. George, Jeroen M. Stil, & Ben W. Keller (Talk delivered by Dr. George at GALFACTS/POSSUM 2010 Workshop in Calgary, Canada)

Conference Proceedings

Conference Posters

  • Scultiping Disk Galaxies with Superbubble Powered Outflows

    Ben Keller, James Wadsley, Hugh Couchman (Poster presented at A 3D View of Galaxies and their Evolution in Heidelberg, Germany)

  • Modeling Unresolved Pressure Reservoirs due to Stellar Feedback

    Ben Keller, James Wadsley (Poster presented at Mind The Gap 2013 in Cambridge, UK)

  • Star Formation Regulation in a Simulated Galactic Disk

    Ben Keller, James Wadsley, Chris Gatopolous, Hugh Couchman (Poster presented at CASCA 2012 in Calgary, Canada)

  • Probing Polarization in Faint Radio Sources Using Median Stacking

    Ben W. Keller, Jeroen M. Stil,Samuel J. George, A. R. Taylor (Poster presented at CASCA 2011 in London, Canada)

  • Why Are Faint Radio Sources More Highly Polarized

    Jeroen M. Stil, Ben W. Keller, Samuel J. George, & Russ Taylor (Poster presented by Dr. Stil at SKA 2010 Conference in Manchester, UK)

Professional Societies

Society Membership

  • CASCA 2011-2015

Committee Membership

  • CASCA Graduate Student Committe Chair 2015-present
  • CASCA Graduate Student Committe McMaster University Representative 2014-2015

Public Outreach

Talks & Presentations

  • Building a Stack for Fun and Profit talk delivered Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, 2010
  • A Brief History of Radio Astronomy talk delivered at Calgary Pecha Kucha Night 4, 2010
  • Astronomy For Hackers talk delivered at Toorcamp, 2009

Volunteer Work

Additional Experience

Computing Skills & Experience

Programming Languages I Speak

  • C/C++
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Bash
  • Haskell
  • Java
  • Javascript+HTML/CSS

Software Contributions

  • astLib Python Astronomy Modules
  • ChaNGa Hydrodynamics
  • N-Body Simulation Code
  • yt Volumetric Data Analysis Toolkit (Project Member)
  • matplotlib Python 2D Plotting Library
  • pynbody N-Body/SPH analysis for Python