Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

School of Physics, H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue

University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)117 928 8698, E-Mail:

Research and Academic Appointments

2010-2015: STFC Advanced Fellow, School of Physics, University of Bristol

2008-2011: Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

2007-2010: STFC Postdoctoral Fellow, DAMTP, University of Cambridge

2005-2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Harvard University


Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Maryland, 2005
    Thesis title: "Planetesimal Evolution and Terrestrial Planet Formation"

    Thesis advisor: Derek C. Richardson

M.S. Astronomy, University of Washington, 2001

B.A. Physics, Carleton College, 1998
    Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Physics and Astronomy

Selected Honors and Awards

2010-2015: STFC Advanced Fellowship

2009-2010: Beatrice M. Tinsley Research Scholar, Univeristy of Texas, Austin

2009: Isaac Newton Institute Visiting Fellow (Aug. - Dec.)

2008-2011: Research Fellow Darwin College, University of Cambridge

2007-2010: STFC/PPARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

2005: American Association of University Women Ph.D. Award

2004: Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Graduate Fellow

2003: John C. Wang Academic Excellence Award, University of Maryland

2003-2006: NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellow

1998-2001: Theodor Jacobsen Fellow, University of Washington


2012-2015: PI, NERC Research Grant Program,

                    "Physical constraints on the likelihood of accreting a non-chondritic


2012-2015: Co-I, NASA Outer Planets Research Program,

                    "Analytic models for outcomes of collisions between icy bodies"

                    for outer solar system planet formation and evolution"

                    (PI: Sarah T. Stewart-Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University)

2011-2014: Collaborator, NASA Origins of Solar Systems,

                    "Giant impacts on terrestrial planets"

                    (PI: Sarah T. Stewart-Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University)

2010-2015: STFC Advanced Fellowship, School of Physics, University of Bristol

2010-2012: Collaborator, Royal Society International Joint Project,

                    "Formation and evolution of the Uranian Rings"

                    (PI: Dr. Gordon Ogilvie, University of Cambridge)

2007-2010: STFC/PPARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of

                    Applied Math and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

2005-2008, 2009-2012 (renewal): Co-I, NASA Outer Planets Research,
                    "Alteration of comet composition through collisions"
                    (PI: Sarah Stewart-Mukhopadhyay, Harvard University)

2004-2005: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (100,000 hours)

2003-2006: Graduate Student Researchers Program (NASA)


2011-present: PhD supervisor (Mr. Jack Dobinson - Detection of Young Planets in

          Transitional Disks, Mr. Stefan Lines - Formation of Circumbinary Planets)

2011-present: Astronomy - Planets, Earth Sciences - Terrestrial Planet Formation,

          Physics Tutor

1998-1999: University of Washington, Teaching Assistant, The Planets,

          The Universe, Introduction to Astronomy.

1996-1998: Carleton College, Teaching Assistant/Laboratory Assistant,

          Introduction to Physics, Classical Mechanics.

1995: Carleton College, Academic Support Services Tutor, Calculus,

          Introductory Physics.


2012-present: Royal Astronomical Society

2001-present: American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences

Professional Service

2011-present: STFC SET Committee (Women in Science, Engineering,                 

                       and Technology)

2008-2009: Darwin College Computer Committee member

2005-present: NASA DDA, OPRP, and PG&G review panel member

                        PG&G, Origins, and Swiss National Science

                        Foundation external reviewer

2002-present: peer-reviewer for MNRAS, Icarus International Journal of Solar

                        Systems Studies, Astrophyiscal Journal, Meteoritics and

                        Planetary Science, and Science Magazine


2011-2012: Editor "Beauty" distinguished lecture series book (CUP)

2009-2011: Organizer of Darwin College distiguished public lecture

                   Series, "Beauty"

2007-2008: public speaker, Institute of Astronomy, University of


2005-2007: Member of development team of meteorite exhibit (Harvard

                   Museum of Natural History) and educational DVD

Selected Invited Talks

Modeling the Formation of KBO Satellites

ESLAB Symposium on the Formation and Evolution of Moons, ESTEC, The Netherlands, June 2012.

Collisions in the Solar System

Astrophysics Seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, March 2012.

A Model for Collisional Regimes in Planet Formation

Astrophysics Seminar, University of Exeter, Exeter, Feb. 2012.

Forming Protoplanets from Planetesimals.

Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, June, 2010.

The Formation of the Haumea Collisional Family

Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Seminar, Harvard-CfA, Cambridge, MA,May, 2010.


Collisional Evolution of Planetesimals.

AAS Division on Dynamical Astonomy, Brookline, MA, April, 2010.


The Evolution of Collision Outcomes in the Protoplanetary Disk.

The Dynamics of Discs and Planets, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge,

UK, Aug. 18, 2009.


Forming Protoplanets from Planetesimals.

Evolution of Planetary and Stellar Systems, Prato, Italy, June 23, 2009.

Growing Rocky Planets Out of Debris.

Astronomy Seminar, Physics Department, University of Bristol,

Nov. 20, 2008.

Effect of Debris on Terrestrial Planet Formation: Results from N-body

simulations. IfA, Edinburgh, Oct. 29, 2008.

Planetesimals, Collisions, and Planet Formation.
Planet formation mini-conference. Physics Department. University of

Bristol, Oct. 6, 2008.

Formation of Terrestrial Planets.
Review Talk, Gordon Conference (Origins of Solar Systems)

Mt. Holyoke, South Hadley, MA, July 11, 2007.

Initial Conditions: Can the dust distribution effect the formation of

terrestrial planets?
Extreme Solar Systems, Santorini, Greece, June 27, 2007.

Comets and Collisions.
What Physicists Do, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, April 8, 2005.

Out of the Rubble: The Growth of Protoplanets.
Aspen Winter Conference on Astrophsyics, Aspen Center for Physics

Aspen, Colorado, February 6, 2005.

Growing Earth: N-body Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa

Barbara, May 27, 2004.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: terrestrial planet formation.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena,

CA, April 26, 2004.

Refereed Publications

  1. * Leinhardt, Z. M. G. I. Ogilvie, H. N. Latter, and E. Kokubo
    Tidal disruption of satellites and formation of narrow rings.
    2012 MNRAS 424 1419-1431 (PDF)

  2. *Paardekooper, S.-J., Z. M. Leinhardt, P. Thebault, and C. Baruteau
    How Not to Build Tatooine: The Difficulty of In Situ Formation of
    Circumbinary Planets Kepler 16b, Kepler 34b, and Kepler 35b.
    2012 ApJL 754 L16-L21 (PDF)

  3. *Stewart, S. T. and Z. M. Leinhardt
    Collisions between Gravity-Dominated Bodies: 2. The Diversity of Impact
    Outcomes during the End Stage of Planet Formation.
    2012 ApJ 751 32-49 (PDF)

  4. *   Leinhardt, Z. M. and S. T. Stewart
    Collisions between Gravity-Dominated Bodies: 1. Outcome Regimes and Scaling Laws.
    2012 ApJ 745 79-106 (PDF)

  5. *   Leinhardt, Z. M., R. A. Marcus, and S. T. Stewart
    The Formation of the Collisional Family around the Dwarf Planet Haumea
    2010 ApJ 714 1789-1799 (PDF)

  6. *Paardekooper, S.-J., Leinhardt, Z. M.
    Planetesimal Collisions in Binary Systems
    2010 MNRAS 403 L64-L68 (PDF)

  7. *Rein, H., G. Lesur, and Z. M. Leinhardt, accepted to A&A
    The Validity of the Super-Particle Appeoximation during Planetesimal Formation
    2010 A&A, 511 A69 (PDF)

  8. *Leinhardt, Z. M., D. C. Richardson, G. Lufkin, and J. Haseltine
    Planetesimals to Protoplanets - II. Effect of debris on terrestrial planet formation
    2009 MNRAS, 396, 718-728 (PDF)

  9. *Stewart, S. T. and Leinhardt, Z. M.
    Velocity-Dependent Catastrophic Disruption Criteria for Planetesimals
    2009 ApJL 691 133-137 (PDF)

  10. *Leinhardt, Z. M., and S. T. Stewart
    Full Numerical Simulations of Catastrophic Small Body Collisions
    2009 Icarus 199 542-559 (PDF)

  11. *Leinhardt, Z. M., S. T. Stewart, and P. H. Schultz
    Physical Effects of Collisions in the Kuiper Belt
    In The Kuiper Belt (A. Barucci, H. Boehardt, D. Cruikshank, A. Morbidelli, and R. P. Binzel, Eds.), Univ. of Arizona Press, Tuscon.
    2008 Collisions Chapter (PDF)

  12. *Leinhardt, Z. M. and D. C. Richardson
    Planetesimals to Protoplanets I: Effect of fragmentation on terrestrial planet formation
    2005 ApJ 625 427-440 (PDF)

  13. *Leinhardt, Z. M. and D. C. Richardson
    A fast method for finding bound systems in numerical simulations
    2005 Icarus 176 432-439 (PDF)

  14. *Durda, D. D., W. F. Bottke Jr., B. L. Enke, E. Asphaug, D. C. Richardson, and Z. M. Leinhardt
    The formation of asteroid satellites in large impacts: Results from numerical simulations
    2004 Icarus 170 243-396 (PDF)

  15. *Leinhardt, Z. M. and D. C. Richardson
    N-body simulations of planetesimal evolution: Effect of varying impactor mass ratio
    2002-Icarus-159-306-313 (PDF)

  16. *Richardson, D. C., Z. M. Leinhardt, H. J. Melosh, W. F. Bottke Jr., and E. Asphaug
    Gravitational aggregates: Evidence and evolution
    In Asteroids III (W. F. Bottke, Jr., A. Cellino, P. Paolicchi, and R. P. Binzel, Eds.), Univ. of Arizona Press, Tuscon, p. 501-515
    2002 Gavitational Aggregates Chapter (PDF)

  17. *Leinhardt, Z. M., D. C. Richardson, and T. Quinn
    Direct N-body simulations of rubble pile collisions
    2000 Icarus 146 133-151 (PDF)




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