Mike Foley

Mike Foley

PhD Candidate, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University
Headshot of Mike smiling in a blue hoodie in front of a lake and trees.
Mike Foley (he/him/his) is a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Harvard University. His research uses observations and simulations to study stellar feedback (the ways that stars “feed” energy and momentum back into their environments throughout their lives) and interstellar turbulence. He is particularly excited about creating interactive data visualizations that can be used to better communicate results in scientific publications and popular press. Outside of research, Mike writes for Astrobites, a daily graduate student-run blog that summarizes recent astronomy research at a level accessible to high school students and undergraduates. In addition to research summaries, he has written about science policy, educational pedagogy, and issues affecting graduate students in the United States and abroad. He is also involved with creating content for WorldWide Telescope, a freely available platform for students to explore and learn about our universe. After completing his Ph.D, Mike hopes to continue in academia, particularly focusing on the development of interactive tools for publicizing and teaching astronomy.