Images of twenty of the relatively isolated "host" galaxies from Agustsson & Brainerd (2010)
Source: Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Tereasa G. Brainerd
Boston University, Department of Astronomy
Office: CAS 514E/515
Email: brainerd at bu dot edu
Phone: 617-353-6646


  • PhD (Astronomy), The Ohio State University, 1992
  • BSc, Honours (Physics), University of Alberta, 1987

    Research Interests:

  • Dark Matter
  • Gravitational Lensing
  • Dynamics and Locations of Satellite Galaxies
  • Faint Galaxy Clustering
  • Computational Astrophysics

    Selected Recent Publications:

  • Agustsson, I. & Brainerd, T. G., The Spatial Locations of Satellite Galaxies, submitted to MNRAS (2011) [PDF]
  • Agustsson, I. & Brainerd, T. G., Locations of Satellite Galaxies in the Two-Degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey, ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 2011, id.958973 (2011) [PDF]
  • Brainerd, T. G., How are Bright Galaxies Embedded within their Dark Matter Halos?, Astronomical Review, vol. 6, 43-53 (2011) [PDF]
  • Howell, P. & Brainerd, T. G., Galaxy-Galaxy Lensing by Non-Spherical Haloes - I. Theoretical Considerations, MNRAS, vol. 407, 891-909 (2010) [PDF]
  • Brainerd, T. G., Multiple Weak Deflections in Galaxy-Galaxy Lensing, ApJ, vol. 713, 603-614 (2010) [PDF]
  • Agustsson, I. & Brainerd, T. G., Anisotropic Locations of Satellite Galaxies: Clues to the Orientations of Galaxies within their Dark Matter Halos, ApJ, 709, 1321-1336 (2010) [PDF]

    Professional Experience:

  • Chair, Boston University Department of Astronomy (07/2011-present)
  • Associate Chair, Boston University Department of Astronomy (08/2010-06/2011)
  • Director, Boston University Institute for Astrophysical Research (07/2005-06/2011)
  • Associate Professor, Boston University (2001-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Boston University (1995-2001)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1994-1995)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (1992-1994)
  • Presidential University Fellow, The Ohio State University (1992)
  • Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University (1989-1992)
  • Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University (1987-1989)

    Boston University Service:

  • CAS Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (2008/2009)
  • Charles River Campus Conflict of Interest Committee (2004-2007)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Astronomy (2003-2005)
  • Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Astronomy (2006-2007)
  • Chair, Astronomy MA comprehensive and PhD written qualifying exam committee (2003-2010)
  • Faculty Council (2002/2003)
  • Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee (2000/2001)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Astronomy (1999/2000)
  • Director of Graduate Admissions, Dept. of Astronomy (1995-1999)
  • CAS Summer Freshman Orientation Advisor (1998-present)

    Service to the Professional Community:

  • Manuscript Reviewer for ApJ, AA, AJ, MNRAS, ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Proposal Reviewer for NSF, NASA, STScI, Research Corporation, PPARC, DFG, NSERC, Academy of Finland
  • Editorial Board Member, ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010-present)
  • Publications Board Member, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2001-2003)
  • AAS Heinemann Prize Committee
  • Local Organizing Committee member, Milky Way Surveys: The Structure and Evolution of Our Galaxy (2003)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee member, National Academy of Sciences' 11th Annual Frontiers of Science Symposium (1999)
  • Chair of Local Organizing Committee and co-chair of Scientific Organizing Committee, Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals (1999)

    Links to some of the courses that I teach:

  • AS 102 - The Astronomical Universe (for undergraduate non-science majors)
  • AS 109 - Introduction to Cosmology (for undergraduate non-science majors)
  • AS 413 - Extragalactic Astronomy & Cosmology (for undergraduate astronomy and physics majors)
  • AS 725 - Gravitational Astrophysics (for astronomy graduate students)
  • AS 759 - Cosmology (for astronomy graduate students)
    This page was last updated on December 8, 2011.