Research Interests: Audra Hernandez, PhD, is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include the initial conditions of massive star and star cluster formation, including the physical conditions, dynamics, and formation of Infrared Dark Clouds (IRDCs). Audra came to UW-Madison as a postdoctoral researcher in 2011, studying galactic filaments and the metallicities of the gaseous Milky Way halo with Dr. Bart Wakker. She was promoted to an Assistant Scientist in 2014 and is now supported by the NSF, leading studies on how molecular filaments influence Galactic star formation. Audra received her PhD at the University of Florida. She is a very active volunteer with the McNair Scholars Program on campus and is a SACNAS LPSLI 2016 alumna.
Research Interests: I'm modeling stellar populations and the chemical evolution in star clusters and galaxies, as well as working on innovative ways for astronomical data processing.