Curriculum Vitae


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


2013 - present, 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 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. 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, in press.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Fragmentation in Dusty Low-metallicity Star-forming Halos [ADS]
    Meece, G. R., Smith, B. D., and O'Shea, B. W., 2014, ApJ, 783, 75.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Metal cooling in simulations of cosmic structure formation [ADS]
    Smith, B., Sigurdsson, S., and Abel, T., 2008, MNRAS, 385, 1443.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.

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