I study the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies by detecting individual stars and clusters of stars whose ages, composition, and motions can be measured. I focus particularly on understanding the centers of galaxies and the black holes and massive star clusters we find there. My group has found >10 black holes at the centers of low mass galaxies and compact clusters of stars around more massive galaxies.
- BA, Physics, Astronomy & Music, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
- Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Washington. Project: The formation and evolution of late-type galaxies.
I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. I received my undergraduate degree in Physics, Astronomy & Music from Wesleyan University, and my PhD in astronomy from Univ. of Washington, Seattle. I spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.