My name is Thales Gutcke. I am a postdoctoral researcher working on galaxy formation simulations at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.

Read my CV here.

What I Do

Using cosmological, hydrodynamical simulation codes, I attempt to understand bits and pieces of the formation and evolution mechanims of galaxies in the Universe. My interest is in comparing theory and observations by creating mock observables from the simulations. I have specifically worked on the circumgalactic medium that surrounds galaxies and connects them with their environment. The inefficiency of star formation and the quenching of galaxies that forms elliptical galaxies is extremely interesting to me. To view a movie of a galaxy forming at the intersection of two cosmological filaments, click here.


Who I Am


Gümüslük, Turkey is where I was born. Berlin, Germany is where I grew up. I did my PhD in Heidelberg. Now I live in Munich. I love to bike up mountains, rock climb and swim. I am always on the look out for my next travel destination. Otherwise, I run simulations and write papers. You can read my CV here. It includes a (not always up-to-date) list of my publications.


My Work

I work with Prof. Dr. Volker Springel on simulating the formation and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time using simulations codes. First, I worked with the smooth particle hydrodynamical (SPH) code Gasoline. Now I work with the moving mesh code Arepo.

Feel free to contact me.

thales -at- mpa-garching.mpg.de
c/o MPA, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, Garching
+49 893 0000 2253