Curriculum Vitae

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2007, Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Thesis: The Transition from Pop III to Pop II Star Formation in the Early Universe [ADS]

Thesis Advisor: Steinn Sigurdsson

2001, B.S., Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics

University of Wisconsin, Madison


2016 - present, Assistant Research Scientist

San Diego Supercomputer Center

University of California, San Diego

2013 - 2016, Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute for Astronomy

University of Edinburgh

Supervisor: Sadegh Khochfar

2010 - 2013, Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Michigan State University

Supervisors: Mark Voit, Brian O'Shea

2007 - 2010, Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Astrophysics & Space Astronomy

Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

University of Colorado, Boulder

Supervisor: Mike Shull

2001 - 2007, Research/Teaching Assistant

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Supervisor: Steinn Sigurdsson

1998 - 2001, Laboratory Assistant

Department of Physics

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Supervisor: Dan McCammon


University of Edinburgh

  • PHYS11037: Computational Astrophysics, Guest Lecturer

University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Astronomy 6000: Graduate Seminar in Astrophysics - The First Stars

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

  • Astronomy 011: Introductory Astronomy Lab, Instructor
  • Astronomy 197A: Special Topics in Astronomy: Black Holes, Substitute Lecturer
  • Astronomy 452: Techniques in Observation and Data Analysis Lab, Lab Supervisor
  • Astronomy 475W: Stars and Galaxies, Substitute Lecturer

Refereed Publications

  1. Formation of First Galaxies inside Density Peaks and Voids under the Influence of Dark Matter-Baryon Streaming Velocity, I: Initial Condition and Simulation Scheme, [ADS], Ahn, K., & Smith, B.D., 2018, accepted for publication in ApJ.
  2. Imprints of the first billion years: Lyman limit systems at z ~ 5, [ADS], Crighton, N.H.M., Prochaska, J.X., Murphy, M.T., O'Meara, J.M., Worseck, G., Smith, B.D., 2018, MNRAS, 482, 1456.
  3. Simulating the Cosmic Dawn with Enzo, [ADS] [Journal], Norman, M.L., Smith, B.D., Bordner, J., 2018, Frontiers of Astronomy and Space Sciences, 5, 34.
  4. The growth of black holes from Population III remnants in the Renaissance simulations, [ADS], Smith, B.D., Regan, J.A., Downes, T.P., Norman, M.L., O'Shea, B.W., Wise, J.H., 2018, MNRAS, 480, 3762.
  5. Validating Semi-Analytic Models of High-Redshift Galaxy Formation using Radiation Hydrodynamical Simulations, [ADS], Côté, B., Silvia, D., O'Shea, B.W., Smith, B., Wise, J.H., 2018, ApJ, 859, 67.
  6. Gas cooling in hydrodynamic simulations with an exact time integration scheme, [ADS], Zhu, Q., Smith, B., Hernquist, L., 2017, MNRAS, 470, 1017.
  7. Trident: a universal tool for generating synthetic absorption spectra from astrophysical simulations, [ADS], Hummels, C., Smith, B., Silvia, D., 2017, ApJ, 847, 59.
  8. Probing the Dependence of the Intergalactic Medium on Large-scale Environment Using the Low-redshift Lyα Forest, [ADS], Tonnesen, S., Smith, B.D., Kollmeier, J.A.., Cen, R., 2017, 845, 47.
  9. GRACKLE: a chemistry and cooling library for astrophysics, [ADS], Smith, B.D., Bryan, G.L., Glover, S.C.O., Goldbaum, N.J., Turk, M.J., Regan, J., Wise, J.H., Schive, H.-Y., Abel, T., Emerick, A., O'Shea, B.W., Anninos, P., Hummels, C.B., Khochfar, S., 2017, MNRAS, 466, 2217
  10. The AGORA High-resolution Galaxy Simulations Comparison Project. II. Isolated Disk Test [ADS], Kim, J.h., Agertz, O., Teyssier, R., Butler, M.J., Ceverino, D., Choi, J.H., Feldmann, R., Keller, B.W., Lupi, A., Quinn, T., Revaz, Y., Wallace, S., Gnedin, N.Y., Leitner, S.N., Shen, S., Smith, B.D., Thompson, R., Turk, M.J., Abel, T., Arraki, K.S., Benincasa, S.M., Chakrabarti, S., DeGraf, C., Dekel, A., Goldbaum, N.J., Hopkins, P.F., Hummels, C.B., Klypin, A., Li, H., Madau, P., Mandelker, N., Mayer, L., Nagamine, K., Nickerson, S., O'Shea, B.W., Primack, J.R., Roca-Fabrega, S., Semenov V., Shimizu, I., Simpson, C.M., Todoroki, K., Wadsley, J.W., Wise, J.H., AGORA Collaboration, 2016, ApJ, 833, 202 .
  11. New constraints on direct collapse black hole formation in the early Universe [ADS], Agarwal, B., Smith, B., Glover, S., Natarajan, P., Khochfar, S., 2016, MNRAS, 459, 4209.
  12. An HST/COS Survey of the Low-Redshift IGM. I. Survey, Methodology, and Overall Results [ADS], Danforth, C. W., Tilton, E. M., Shull, J. M., Keeney, B. A., Stevans, M., Pieri, M. M., Stocke, J. T., Savage, B. D., France, K., Syphers, D., Smith, B. D., Green, J. C., Froning, C., Penton, S. V., and Osterman, S. N., 2016, ApJ, 817, 111.
  13. The First Population II Stars Formed in Externally Enriched Mini-halos [ADS], Smith B., Wise J., O'Shea B., Norman M., and Khochfar S., 2015, MNRAS, 452, 2822.
  14. Bringing Simulation and Observation Together to Better Understand the Intergalactic Medium [ADS], Egan, H., Smith, B. D., O'Shea, B. W., and Shull, J. M., 2014, ApJ, 791, 64.
  15. The Birth of a Galaxy - III. Propelling reionisation with the faintest galaxies [ADS], Wise, J. H., Demchenko, V. G., Halicek, M. T., Norman, M. L., Turk, M. J., Abel, T., and Smith, B. D., 2014, MNRAS, 442, 2560.
  16. ENZO: An Adaptive Mesh Refinement Code for Astrophysics [ADS], Bryan, G. L., Norman, M. L., O'Shea, B. W., Abel, T., Wise, J. H., Turk, M. J., Reynolds, D. R., Collins, D. C., Wang, P., Skillman, S. W., Smith, B., Harkness, R. P., Bordner, J., Kim, J.-h., Kuhlen, M., Xu, H., Goldbaum, N., Hummels, C., Kritsuk, A. G., Tasker, E., Skory, S., Simpson, C. M., Hahn, O., Oishi, J. S., So, G. C., Zhao, F., Cen, R., Li, Y., and The Enzo Collaboration, 2014, ApJS, 211, 19.
  17. Fragmentation in Dusty Low-metallicity Star-forming Halos [ADS], Meece, G. R., Smith, B. D., and O'Shea, B. W., 2014, ApJ, 783, 75.
  18. The AGORA High-resolution Galaxy Simulations Comparison Project [ADS], Kim, J.-h., Abel, T., Agertz, O., Bryan, G. L., Ceverino, D., Christensen, C., Conroy, C., Dekel, A., Gnedin, N. Y., Goldbaum, N. J., Guedes, J., Hahn, O., Hobbs, A., Hopkins, P. F., Hummels, C. B., Iannuzzi, F., Keres, D., Klypin, A., Kravtsov, A. V., Krumholz, M. R., Kuhlen, M., Leitner, S. N., Madau, P., Mayer, L., Moody, C. E., Nagamine, K., Norman, M. L., Onorbe, J., O'Shea, B. W., Pillepich, A., Primack, J. R., Quinn, T., Read, J. I., Robertson, B. E., Rocha, M., Rudd, D. H., Shen, S., Smith, B. D., Szalay, A. S., Teyssier, R., Thompson, R., Todoroki, K., Turk, M. J., Wadsley, J. W., Wise, J. H., Zolotov, A., for the AGORA Collaboration, 2014, ApJS, 210, 14.
  19. Cosmological Simulations of Isotropic Conduction in Galaxy Clusters [ADS], Smith, B., O'Shea, B. W., Voit, G. M., Ventimiglia, D., and Skillman, S. W., 2013, ApJ, 778, 152.
  20. Population III Star Formation in Large Cosmological Volumes. I. Halo Temporal and Physical Environment [ADS], Crosby, B. D., O'Shea, B. W., Smith, B. D., Turk, M. J., and Hahn, O., 2013, ApJ, 773, 108.
  21. The effect of feedback and reionization on star formation in low-mass dwarf galaxy haloes [ADS], Simpson, C. M., Bryan, G. L., Johnston, K. V., Smith, B. D., Mac Low, M.-M., Sharma, S., and Tumlinson, J., 2013, MNRAS, 432, 1989.
  22. Constraints on hydrodynamical subgrid models from quasar absorption line studies of the simulated circumgalactic medium [ADS], Hummels, C. B., Bryan, G. L., Smith, B. D., and Turk, M. J., 2013, MNRAS, 430, 1548.
  23. On the Road to More Realistic Galaxy Cluster Simulations: The Effects of Radiative Cooling and Thermal Feedback Prescriptions on the Observational Properties of Simulated Galaxy Clusters [ADS], Skory, S., Hallman, E., Burns, J. O., Skillman, S. W., O'Shea, B. W., and Smith, B. D., 2013, ApJ, 763, 38.
  24. The birth of a galaxy - II. The role of radiation pressure [ADS], Wise, J. H., Abel, T., Turk, M. J., Norman, M. L., and Smith, B. D., 2012, MNRAS, 427, 311.
  25. The Baryon Census in a Multiphase Intergalactic Medium: 30% of the Baryons May Still be Missing [ADS], Shull, J. M., Smith, B. D., and Danforth, C. W., 2012, ApJ, 759, 23.
  26. Dwarf Galaxy Formation with H2-regulated Star Formation [ADS], Kuhlen, M., Krumholz, M. R., Madau, P., Smith, B. D., and Wise, J., 2012, ApJ, 749, 36.
  27. Critical Star Formation Rates for Reionization: Full Reionization Occurs at Redshift z ~ 7 [ADS], Shull, J. M., Harness, A., Trenti, M., and Smith, B. D., 2012, ApJ, 747, 100.
  28. Numerical Simulations of Supernova Dust Destruction. II. Metal-enriched Ejecta Knots [ADS], Silvia, D. W., Smith, B. D., and Shull, J. M., 2012, ApJ, 748, 12.
  29. He II Ly-beta Gunn-Peterson Absorption: New HST Observations and Theoretical Expectations [ADS], Syphers, D., Anderson, S. F., Zheng, W., Smith, B., Pieri, M., Kriss, G. A., Meiksin, A., Schneider, D. P., Shull, J. M., and York, D. G., 2011, ApJ, 742, 99.
  30. Galaxy Cluster Radio Relics in Adaptive Mesh Refinement Cosmological Simulations: Relic Properties and Scaling Relationships [ADS], Skillman, S. W., Hallman, E. J., O'Shea, B. W., Burns, J. O., Smith, B. D., and Turk, M. J., 2011, ApJ, 735, 96.
  31. The Nature of the Warm/Hot Intergalactic Medium. I. Numerical Methods, Convergence, and O VI Absorption [ADS], Smith, B. D., Hallman, E. J., Shull, J. M., and O'Shea, B. W., 2011, ApJ, 731, 6.
  32. yt: A Multi-code Analysis Toolkit for Astrophysical Simulation Data [ADS], Turk, M. J., Smith, B. D., Oishi, J. S., Skory, S., Skillman, S. W., Abel, T., and Norman, M. L., 2011, ApJS, 192, 9.
  33. The Properties of X-ray Cold Fronts in a Statistical Sample of Simulated Galaxy Clusters [ADS], Hallman, E. J., Skillman, S. W., Jeltema, T. E., Smith, B. D., O'Shea, B. W., Burns, J. O., and Norman, M. L., 2010, ApJ, 725, 1053.
  34. HST/COS Observations of the Quasar HE 2347-4342: Probing the Epoch of He II Patchy Reionization at Redshifts z = 2.4-2.9 [ADS], Shull, J. M., France, K., Danforth, C. W., Smith, B., and Tumlinson, J., 2010, ApJ, 722, 1312.
  35. Numerical Simulations of Supernova Dust Destruction. I. Cloud-crushing and Post-processed Grain Sputtering [ADS], Silvia, D. W., Smith, B. D., and Shull, J. M., 2010, ApJ, 715, 1575.
  36. How Well do Cosmological Simulations Reproduce Individual Halo Properties? [ADS], Trenti, M., Smith, B. D., Hallman, E. J., Skillman, S. W., and Shull, J. M., 2010, ApJ, 711, 1198.
  37. The Santa Fe Light Cone Simulation Project. II. The Prospects for Direct Detection of the Whim with SZE Surveys [ADS], Hallman, E. J., O'Shea, B. W., Smith, B. D., Burns, J. O., and Norman, M. L., 2009, ApJ, 698, 1795.
  38. The effect of photoionization on the cooling rates of enriched, astrophysical plasmas [ADS], Wiersma, R. P. C., Schaye, J., and Smith, B. D., 2009, MNRAS, 393, 99.
  39. Three Modes of Metal-Enriched Star Formation in the Early Universe [ADS], Smith, B. D., Turk, M. J., Sigurdsson, S., O'Shea, B. W., and Norman, M. L., 2009, ApJ, 691, 441.
  40. Metal cooling in simulations of cosmic structure formation [ADS], Smith, B., Sigurdsson, S., and Abel, T., 2008, MNRAS, 385, 1443.
  41. Modeling of Emission Signatures of Massive Black Hole Binaries. I. Methods [ADS], Bogdanovic, T., Smith, B. D., Sigurdsson, S., and Eracleous, M., 2008, ApJS, 174, 455.
  42. The Transition from the First Stars to the Second Stars in the Early Universe [ADS], Smith, B. D., and Sigurdsson, S., 2007, ApJL, 661, 5.
  43. 1/f Noise and Hot Electron Effects in Variable Range Hopping Conduction [ADS], McCammon, D., Galeazzi, M., Liu, D., Sanders, W. T., Smith, B., Tan, P., Boyce, K. R., Brekosky, R., Gygax, J. D., Kelley, R., Mott, D. B., Porter, F. S., Stahle, C. K., Stahle, C. M., and Szymkowiak, A. E., 2002, Physica Status Solidi B Basic Research, 230, 197.