Dan Tamayo

Welcome to my website! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto's new Centre for Planetary Science. I split my time between the Scarborough campus where the centre is based, and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) downtown. You can find more information about me in my Bio, and on my CV.

I am interested in how we can use analytical theories and numerical integrations of the orbital dynamics of planets and satellites to learn about their formation and history. My graduate work mostly focused on the dynamics of dust grains collisionally generated by the irregular satellites of the giant planets. It turns out this dust creates the largest circumplanetary rings in the Solar System (over 100 times the radial extent of Saturn's main rings)! My Research section expounds on these interests and work.

Also make sure to check out my Teaching and Outreach sections! I really enjoy what I do and love sharing it with others. I taught math and science in Otjimbingwe, Namibia, for two years. I also won a graduate fellowship to teach an astrobiology course that I designed for my last semester of graduate school.

Finally, I'm really excited about an open-source project I'm working on called OGRE (Orbital GRaphics Environment). It's a program that enables you to load output files from numerical integrators commonly used in academia (e.g., SWIFT), interactively look through the simulation, and generate movies for insertion into professional and public presentations. Check it out on the OGRE page!