The Galactic Archaeology Lab @ UT
Right now, now matter where you are or what you’re doing, we are all collectively flying through the our Galaxy, the Milky Way, at more than 492,000 mph. The Sun and our Earth is apart of this vast Milky Way system of stars, dust, and gas. Despite centuries of studying our Galaxy, basic question about how it formed, evolved, assembled, and how its structure are still unresolved to this day! These questions form the basis for a field in Astrophysics called “Galactic Archaeology” I am a Galactic Archaeologist and my research group, The Galactic Archaeology Lab @ UT focuses on the nature of the Milky Way Galaxy including its structure, dynamics, formation, evolution, and chemical makeup. My group’s primary tools for this work include observational facilities (both in space and on the ground) to study the chemical fingerprints of the building blocks of the Galaxy; stars. We also work heavily with large spectroscopic surveys that chemically fingerprint 100,000s of stars as well the space-based Gaia Mission which maps the position and motions for more than 1 BILLION stars in the sky. The results of our studies have push humanities collective knowledge of our Cosmic Home! To hear talks by our group members and read recent press about our exciting results, click here! Join the Group ; Become a Galactic Archaeologist! Hiring PhD students in 2023-24 cycle For more information about the research of my group, the Galactic Archaeology Lab @ UT, please click here! To see the current (and past) members of the Galactic Archaeology Lab @ UT, please click here! If you are a prospective student or postdoc interested in working in the Galactic Archaeology Lab @ UT, send me an email so we can chat further about potential projects!! I will be hiring a new PhD student in 2023.