University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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School of Physics and Astronomy

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

 

Profile: Kristy McQuinn

My research focuses on probing the different variables that play a role in galaxy evolution. Specifically, I study nearby galaxies where the detailed physics of star formation, stellar feedback processes, and gas dynamics can be studied in detail. One of my main projects over the past few years has been the STARBurst IRregular Dwarfs Survey (STARBIRDS) which interweaves information across the electromagnetic spectrum to understand the starburst mode of star formation in low-mass galaxies. The STARBIRDS data set includes imaging from the Chandra Space Telescope (X-ray), GALEX Telescope (ultraviolet), Hubble Space Telescope (optical), KPNO Telescopes (Halpha), Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared), and the Green Bank Telescope (21 cm). In addition, I have been studying a newly discovered galaxy, Leo P which is one of the least chemically enriched gas-rich galaxies every found.
I am also involved in a number of other galaxy surveys. DUST in Nearby Galaxies with Spitzer (DUSTINGS) seeks to understand dust production from evolved stars in 50 Local Group dwarf galaxies. The Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs (SHIELD) aims to study star formation and evolution at the faint-end of the galaxy luminosity function. Finally, a deep optical survey of some of Andromeda dwarf galaxies is probing the properties of the first epoch of star formation in a population of satellite galaxies.
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