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Garett Brown

I'm a graduate student in the Department of Physics at the Univeristy of Toronto.

Garett Brown

I'm a graduate student in the Department of Physics at the Univeristy of Toronto.


I'm a computational physicist interested in celestial mechanics and the long-term dynamical evolution of planetary systems. I'm currently a PhD student working under the mentorship of Professor Hanno Rein. I run simulations of planetary systems using REBOUND. I then use other numerical methods to analyze the stability and dynamics of the planetary systems.

This website is part personal portfolio and part personal playground. You're welcome to explore and learn about what I do and what I'm interested in.

I grew up in Northern Alberta, but I've lived in the UK and I did my undergraduate degree in the USA. I try my best to share my passion for physics, astronomy, and computer science with others through outreach and volunteer work. I enjoy playing as a Dungeon Master with my friends, I like to dabble in podcasting, and I love coding in my spare time. And most of all, when there is not a global pandemic, I enjoy travelling around the world with my wife and daughter.

Portrait of Garett
University of Toronto Campus

Curriculum Vitae


PhD Physics
  University of Toronto

Advisor: Hanno Rein

  • GPA: 3.93/4.0
  • 2017, Admissions Award Receipient
  • 2019, E.F. Burton Fellowship Receipient
  • 2019, Dr John Romanko Graduate Fellowship Recipient
  • Compute Canada Resources for Research Groups (RRG)
    • 60 core years (2020)
    • 78 core years (2022)
    • 50 core years (2023)
  • 2020-2021, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2021-2024, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral program (NSERC - PGS D)

BSc Physics
  Brigham Young University

Minors: Mathematics, Computer Science

Advisor: Manuel Berrondo

Thesis: Beyond Phase Transitions: an Algorithmic Approach to Flocking Behaviour - Thesis Archive - pdf

  • GPA: 3.96/4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • 2017, ORCA Grant