David Rothstein

I am a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow (AAPF), currently residing in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.


I study the weather around black holes in our Galaxy. These are black holes which are more massive than the Sun, but they are small enough that they would fit comfortably in upstate New York; therefore, the "weather" around them can change unpredictably (just like the weather in New York does). My research involves observing this black hole weather with X-ray and infrared telescopes and trying to predict it with computer simulations.

My scientific advisor on this project is Richard Lovelace, but I also frequently work with Steve Eikenberry and Valerie Mikles at the University of Florida, as well as other collaborators.


As part of my NSF outreach project, I am developing Edplum, a website for teachers to share lesson plans, teaching tips and other classroom material with each other and build up curricula in a collaborative fashion. The goal of the website is to make teachers' lives easier by allowing them to see what other teachers are doing, as well as to improve the quality of instruction in classrooms around the world in a "teacher-centric" way.

The website is currently under development, and a prototype will be available soon. You can sign up at edplum.org if you would like to be notified when the website is launched, or contact me (dmr37@cornell.edu) if you're interested in more information.


Here are some other outreach websites I've developed over the years:


Here are some papers I have authored or coauthored:

Random Stuff:

Contact Info:

David Rothstein
320 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Picture of me picking blueberries.

I have a very flexible neck.

Picture of me dressed as a caterpillar.

My antennae allow me to do radio astronomy without a telescope!