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Ryan Arneson

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I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. I am working with Prof. Bob Gehrz on studying the mineralogy of the circumstellar dust around stars. Specifically I am studying RV Tauri stars, which are believed to be the precursors of proto-planetary nebulae. My research interests in the field of observational astrophysics also includes gravitational lensing, galaxy evolution, and dark matter. For more information see my research web page:

Selected Publications

Arneson, R. A.; Gehrz, R. D.; Woodward, C. E.; Helton, L. A.; Shenoy, D.; Evans, A.; Keller, L. D.; Hinkle, K. H.; Jura, M.; Lebzelter, T.; Lisse, C. M.; Rushton, M. T.; Mizrachi, J., A SOFIA FORCAST Grism Study of the Mineralogy of Dust in the Winds of Proto-planetary Nebulae: RV Tauri Stars and SRd Variables, The Astrophysical Journal

Bolton, Adam S.; Brownstein, Joel R.; Kochanek, Christopher S.; Shu, Yiping; Schlegel, David J.; Eisenstein, Daniel J.; Wake, David A.; Connolly, Natalia; Maraston, Claudia; Arneson, Ryan A.; Weaver, Benjamin A., The BOSS Emission-Line Lens Survey. II. Investigating Mass-density Profile Evolution in the SLACS+BELLS Strong Gravitational Lens Sample, The Astrophysical Journal

Arneson, R., Brownstein, J., and Bolton, A., Quantifying the Biases of Spectroscopically Selected Gravitational Lenses, The Astrophysical Journal


M.S. - Physics and Astronomy - UC Irvine, 2013
B.S. - Physics - Utah, 2011
B.S. - Materials Science - Utah 2009