1983 BA Mathematics and Physics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
1988 PhD Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Post doc research fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Cambridge, MA)
1991 University of Michigan, Faculty in Physics Department, 1996 Associate Professor with tenure, 2001 Full Professor, 2002 UM Faculty Recognition Award
2007 Elected to the Michigan Society of Fellows
Professor Adams works in the general area of theoretical astrophysics with a focus on the study of star formation and cosmology. He is internationally recognized for his work on the radiative signature of the star formation process, the dynamics of circumstellar disks, and the physics of molecular clouds. His recent work in star formation includes the development of a theory for the initial mass function for forming stars and studies of extra-solar planetary systems. In cosmology, he has studied many aspects of the inflationary universe, cosmological phase transitions, magnetic monopoles, cosmic rays, anti-matter, and the nature of cosmic background radiation fields. His recent work in cosmology includes a treatise on the long term fate and evolution of the universe and its constituent astrophysical objects.