My bachelor’s degree is from the University of Toronto where I did a specialist in physics and a second specialist in astrophysics. I completed my master’s degree at McMaster University. There I worked with Hugh Couchman and Greg Stinson on dwarf galaxies in cosmological simulations using the Gasoline SPH code, namely the intractable missing satellites problem.

Currently I’m working on my doctorate at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in the University of Zürich. With Romain Teyssier and George Lake I am re-modelling the sub-grid physics of star formation for large-scale simulations by adding molecular hydrogen chemisty to the Ramses grid code. When complete the model should include processes from the formation of molecular clouds out of the interstellar medium, to the formation of stars, and feedback from the stars’ radiation.

Curriculum Vitae

Publications and Proceedings

The luminosity function of diverse satellite galaxy systems (Nickerson, S.; Stinson, G.; Couchman, H. M. P.;
Bailin, J.; Wadsley, J., 2012) ADS arXiv

Dark Satellites: How They Lost Their Baryons (Nickerson, S.; Stinson, G.; Couchman, H. M. P.; Bailin, J.; Wadsley, J., 2012) ADS

Mechanisms of baryon loss for dark satellites in cosmological smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations (Nickerson, S.; Stinson, G.; Couchman, H. M. P.; Bailin, J.; Wadsley, J., 2011) ADS arXiv

Cosmological galaxy formation simulations using smoothed particle hydrodynamics (Stinson, G. S.; Bailin, J.; Couchman, H.; Wadsley, J.; Shen, S.; Nickerson, S.; Brook, C.; Quinn, T., 2010) ADS arXiv

Spiral and bar instabilities provoked by dark matter satellites (Dubinski, John; Gauthier, Jean-Rene; Widrow, Larry;
Nickerson, Sarah, 2006) ADS arXiv