Asst. Professor @ MIT
MIT Kavli Institute
70 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
mcdonald "at" space.mit.edu
Michael McDonald is a Canadian-born astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. He obtained his BScH and MSc degrees in Physics at Queen's University in Canada, and his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Michael spent three years as a Hubble Fellow at MIT, before being hired as an Assistant Professor in July 2015.
His research focuses on the evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, and the role that environment plays in dictating this evolution. In particular, much of his research has focused on the complex interplay between cooling intracluster plasma in the cores of galaxy clusters and mechanical heating from the central supermassive black hole. This research makes use of a wide variety of ground- and space-based observatories, including (but not limited to) the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes, and the Magellan and ALMA telescopes located in Chile.
Michael was closely involved with the development of the Maryland-Magellan Tunable Filter on the Magellan Baade telescope, and is a member of the South Pole Telescope and Athena collaborations, as well as the National Academy of Sciences Entertainment Exchange.