Fe McBride – Multimessenger Astrophysicist

What’s New?

  • My website is currently being updated this summer, some links may be temporarily broken!
  • In June 2023, the Bowdoin Observatory was successfully moved to a new location, see this article and this video!
  • My new paper on the blazar PKS 2005-489 is now available online here.


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bowdoin College. My areas of research are in astroparticle physics and high-energy astronomy. I am interested in supermassive black holes, active galactic nuclei (AGN), blazars and their connections to neutrinos “ghost particles”. I focus on multiwavelength and multimessenger studies, but I have the most experience with X-ray observations. I have also worked on projects about the X-ray observability of Supernovae type Ia, X-ray binaries, pulsars, and peculiar AGN.

I was previously an Eberly Research Fellow (2019-2022) at the Pennsylvania State University and a Postdoctoral Researchers at the Anton Pannekoek Institute and GRAPPA at the University of Amsterdam. I received my PhD from the Remeis Observatory at the Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.


I have a 19-year old cat; her name is “Miss Cat”. In the photo, she is helping me with grading.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading fiction, video games, arts & crafts (painting, crochet, embroidery), music, and trying to keep the houseplants alive.

Image of a black cat standing on some pages of paper.