Observing at Kitt Peak

Kelley M. Hess

Contact Info

Department of Astronomy
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa

Office: RW James Building
Email: hess[at]ast.uct.ac.za
Website: http://www.ast.uct.az.za/~hess

About me

I am a sixth year grad student, working with Dr. Eric Wilcots postdoc working with Dr. Claude Carignan at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. These are my old research pages and will no longer be updated (12/2011). You can now find me here.

For my PhD research, I study studied the gaseous evolution of galaxies and groups of galaxies in the Coma-Abell 1367 Supercluster. I am a member of the ALFALFA survey project team, and I have extensive experience observing galaxies and AGN with radio telescopes like the Very Large Array, the Compact Array, Arecibo Observatory, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, and optical telescopes such as the WIYN 0.9m and WIYN 3.5 m on Kitt Peak near Tucson, AZ.

I am also an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete. These are the things I do to stay sane, and keep the rest of the world in perspective when contemplating the nature of the Universe.

In my "free" time 2005-2006, I was the Graduate Assistant coach for the UW women's soccer team. In 2005 we won the Big 10 Conference for the first time since 1996, and competed in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

A copy of my CV can be found here (updated 10/11).


In the fall of 2006, I was a TA for Prof. John Hoessel with Astronomy 103: The Evolving Universe: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

In the fall of 2010, I was a TA for Prof. Eric Wilcots with Astronomy 104: Exploration of the Solar System

In the spring of 2011, I was a TA for Prof. Peter Timbie with Astronomy 103: The Evolving Universe: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Undergraduate Advising

Summer 2007-2009 I had the pleasure of working with Melissa Jacquart on AGN heating of the IGM. We've done a little optical and a lot of radio observations and data reduction. She calls me "[her] grad student".

2009 - Present I have worked with undergraduates Megan Jones and Corey Gerhardt on the Seyfert galaxy population and the star formation (respectively) going on in the Coma-Abell 1367 Supercluster, related to my PhD thesis.