Stella S. R. Offner

Astrophysicist & Educator


I am a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. My research focuses on understanding how stars like our Sun form. I perform computer simulations of the turbulent birth environment of stars, and I use these to make predictions for what telescopes will observe: "synthetic observations." This work has broader implications for the evolution of galaxies and the initial conditions of planetary systems.

I am a member of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability and an affiliate of the Oden Institute and Machine Learning Laboratory.

Before joining the faculty at UT Austin, I was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2017 and a Cottrell Scholar Award in 2018.

Interests: Star formation and stellar feedback; computational methods & hydrodynamics; astrostatistics & machine learning; astrochemistry.


The University of Texas at Austin

Astronomy Department

PMA 15.312A

2515 Speedway, Stop C1400

Austin, TX 78712-1205

soffner [at] astro [dot] as [dot] utexas [dot] edu