Mark Hutchison, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

University of Bern / University of Zurich


Mark Hutchison is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bern and the University of Zurich.

He studied plasma physics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in the United States before moving to Melbourne, Australia to do his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology under the supervision of Sarah Maddison. Upon completion in 2017, he did a short-term research fellowship at Monash University with Daniel Price before moving to Switzerland. In October 2019, he will begin a temporary professorship/research position at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität.

Mark Hutchison has spent much of his time developing/implementing numerical algorithms for smoothed-particle hydrodynamics to better model gas-dust interactions in protoplanetary discs. His work on dusty photoevaporation, multi-species dust dynamics, and accretion onto embedded planetary cores is complementary to the work being conducted by Barbara Ercolano and her research group on disc dispersal and the characterisation of transition discs that have been caught in the act.

Mark Hutchison is a Visiting Fellow at CAS October 2019 and is part of the CAS Research Group "The Ionisation Structure of Planet Forming Discs and their Atmospheres" of Prof. Dr. Barbara Ercolano. He will participate in the workshop "Planet Formation Witnesses and Probes: Transition Discs" on 18 and 19 November 2019.