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Stefan Kautsch, Ph.D.

Stefan Kautsch
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
(954) 262-7969

Area (s) of Research

Exoplanets, Galaxies, Dark Matter


  • Postdoctoral Associate, 2006-2009, University of Florida (USA)
  • PhD, 2006, University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • Research Fellow, 2003, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Master’s, 2003, University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Undergraduate Studies, University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Academic Statement

Dr. Stefan Kautsch investigates one of the biggest mysteries in modern astronomy and physics, the nature of dark matter. This is a material, which can be measured easily, but is totally invisible to the eye and to modern detectors. Many galaxies contain much more dark matter than planets, stars, and other known material. His research explores how dark matter and other physical properties are expressed in the shapes of galaxies and their contents—including planets—and how these properties evolve with the life of the cosmos.

At NSU, he integrates teaching, research, and learning to promote academic excellence and student success.  His innovative approach is the integration of hands-on, cutting-edge research projects and service-learning components in his courses. He received the President’s Award for Excellence in Community Service, which is only conferred upon a faculty member, who demonstrates significant contributions to knowledge transfer and serves as a role model for the ongoing engagement of NSU’s diverse student population.

Teaching Interests and Experience

  • General Physics I and Lab
  • General Physics II and Lab
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • First Year Experience
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Reading Seminar
  • Astrophysics
  • General Chemistry and Lab
  • Fundamentals of Physics
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