Olive Ross

Astronomy & Space Sciences


My work focuses on cosmology, especially large scale structure. I joined Nicholas Battaglia's group in 2021 and am currently supported by an NSF GRFP fellowship.

In my current research, I use machine learning to find the relationships between cosmological parameters and the evolution of galaxy clusters. The goal of this work is to better constrain the driving forces of structure formation and evolution, such as dark matter density and fluctuations in the early universe. 

I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2020 with a degree in Astrophysics. While there, I researched the detection of primordial black holes, as well as the use of machine learning to measure weak lensing.

I am passionate about increasing community engagement and making astronomy accessible to a wide range of audiences. I help to organize local outreach events, train new teaching assistants, and incorporate active learning methods into the department's curriculum. 

In my free time, you can find me crocheting, swimming, or trying to befriend the local wildlife.