Gus is a big fan of numerical simulations, clusters of galaxies and (no big surprise) simulations of clusters of galaxies! From 2007-2014, he served as co-leader of the DES Simulation Working Group. He is working with the redMaPPer team of the Cluster Working Group to characterize statistical properties of the cluster population with the aim of improving cosmological constraints from clusters.
We asked Gus a few more questions – here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite part of being a scientist?
The autonomy. The ability to choose your own research directions and generate new knowledge on how the universe works.
When did you know you wanted to be a scientist?
In fourth grade I took out “All about the Atom” from my school library. It was a cold-war era child’s book on nuclear physics, and it completely transformed my perceptions of the physical world.
What motivates / inspires you?
Do you have any hobbies or play any sports?
When I’m not doing research I’m typically on some kind of bicycle: mountain, road or single speed.
What is your favorite book, movie, and/or TV show?
I’m a fan of Antiques Road Show on American PBS. It’s a great cultural showcase and it’s fun to see how different items are valued.
What is your secret talent?
Roasting a whole pig.
Do you have kids? Do they want to be scientists too?
I have three kids: a 29-year old aspiring writer, a 26-year old music teacher and musician, and a 24-year old studying marine policy and aquaculture.
What do you think has been the most exciting advance in science / technology in the last 10 years?
Moore’s Law and advances in cluster/cloud computing architectures.
Any advice for aspiring scientists?
Keep an open mind and hone your communication skills.