Ana Bonaca

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Ana Bonaca is Staff Member at Carnegie Observatories. Her specialty is stellar dynamics and her research aims to uncover the structure and evolution of our galaxy, the Milky Way, especially the dark matter halo that surrounds it. In her research, she uses space- and ground-based telescopes to measure the motions of stars, and constructs numerical experiments to discover how dark matter affected them.

Bonaca received a M.S. in physics from University of Zagreb, Croatia (2010) and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Yale University (2016). She was a Fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation, hosted by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian before moving to Carnegie as a Staff Scientist in 2021.