Anders Johansen's homepage

About me

Welcome to my web page!

I am a Professor of Astronomy at Lund Observatory in the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics at Lund University in Sweden. I am also a Professor of Planetary Sciences and Planet Formation at the GLOBE Institute at the University of Copenhagen. I work on the topics planet formation, exoplanets, accretion discs, turbulence, and supercomputing.

I obtained my PhD degree in 2007 at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and at Heidelberg University. After that I spent a bit more than two years as a postdoc at Leiden Observatory.

I obtained my docent degree from Lund University in 2013.

Contact information


 anders (at) /
  Anders.Johansen (at)
 +46 736 84 96 98 (mobile)

My office at Lund Observatory is in room B240, Box 43, 221 00 Lund, Sweden

You can see information about my travel plans here.

Research profile

Research group

My research focuses on theoretical and computational models of planet formation. I study a wide range of growth stages in the formation of planets: the growth of dust grains to pebbles, the formation of planetesimals (e.g, by the streaming instability), the rapid planetary accretion by pebble accretion, and the final assembly of planetary systems. This work is relevant for understanding the planets of the Solar System as well as the vast amount of exoplanets that have been discovered around other stars.

You can read more about my research interests here. Click here to see my publication list on ADS (sort by citations). My Google Scholar page can be found here.

Follow this link for a full Curriculum Vitae (CV).

My research group at Lund Observatory currently hosts five PhD students and four Postdoctoral Fellows. The group is funded by Lund University, the Swedish Research Council, the European Research Council, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, and the Royal Physiographical Society of Lund. The group is part of the bigger Theoretical Astrophysics and Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics environments in Lund.

We hold supercomputing grants at the Lunarc Center for Scientific and Technical Computing at Lund University and through the European PRACE collaboration.

You can read more about my research group here.

Today's quote

There were six men of Hindustan,
to learning much inclined,
Who went to see an elephant,
though all of them were blind,
That each by observation
might satisfy his mind.

The first approached the elephant,
and happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
at once began to bawl,
"This mystery of an elephant
is very like a wall."

The second, feeling of the tusk,
cried, "Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an elephant
is very like a spear."

The third approached the elephant,
and happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
thus boldly up and spake,
"I see," quoth he,
"the elephant is very like a snake."

The fourth reached out an eager hand,
and felt above the knee,
"What this most wondrous beast
is like is very plain" said he,
"'Tis clear enough the elephant
is very like a tree."

The fifth who chanced to touch the ear
said, "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
deny the fact who can;
This marvel of an elephant
is very like a fan."

The sixth no sooner had begun
about the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
that fell within his scope;
"I see," said he, "the elephant
is very like a rope."

So six blind men of Hindustan
disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
exceeding stiff and strong;
Though each was partly in the right,
they all were in the wrong!
-- John Godfrey Saxe

This page was last modified on 2 August 2020.