Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physics and Cosmoscience at Hokkaido University
Elizabeth Tasker is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physics and Cosmoscience at Hokkaido University. She is also the creator of Hokudai’s ‘Spotlight on Research’ blog that highlights research topics from across the university.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University in the UK, and went on to a doctorate in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford. She then left the UK for her postdoctoral research, holding positions in the USA, Canada and Japan. In 2011, she took up her current position at Hokkaido University.
She now lives in Sapporo with her cat, Tallis, who is horrified by the Hokkaido winter since she was born in Florida, USA. Despite this, Tallis ignores the heater that is left on for her during the colder months and is always found sitting on the computer. Elizabeth likes the winter more, and still marvels at all the snow. She enjoys writing her blog and sharing all the mishaps that are easy to get into when you speak the local language very poorly!
Elizabeth’s research focuses on using large computer simulations to explore how the Universe works. She is particularly interested in star and planet formation, modelling how cold gas clouds in our galaxy collapse into stars and how gas giant planets like Jupiter are affected by collisions with asteroid-sized rocks. She is a keen science communicator and her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including ‘Nautilus’, ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Scientific American’.