University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

School of Physics and Astronomy

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics


Profile: Prof. Evan Skillman, Director

Understanding how galaxies are formed and evolve presents arguably the biggest challenge for astrophysics in the next decade. As new observing facilities come on-line, we can look back to the earliest ages of our universe and learn more about galaxies in their infancy. I am currently conducting a parallel approach by studying the nearest dwarf galaxies which are the most numerous galaxies in the Universe and the likely building blocks of all galaxies. Like an archaeologist, I reconstruct their lives by exploring the fossil records by measuring the ages, metallicities, and distributions of their oldest stars.
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