Position title: Associate Professor
5508 Sterling Hall
Feedback from massive stars and black holes; the triggering and quenching of star formation and black hole activity; galactic chemical evolution
Christy Tremonti is an assistant professor in the Astronomy department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research is focused on galaxy evolution, in particular the processes that help regulate star formation. She is an observational astronomer with a strong interest in spectroscopy from UV to IR wavelengths. She also an avid “data miner” and is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) collaboration.
Christy is currently working with postdoc Yanmei Chen on understanding how and when star formation shuts off in massive galaxies using data from SDSS-III. With graduate student John Chisholm, she is exploring the absorption line signatures of galactic winds in massive star forming galaxies with and without active black holes. With undergrad Karissa Metko, she is searching for young, chemically unenriched galaxies in the SDSS III. Christy is collaborating with graduate students Paul Sell and Anna Williams on analyzing Chandra, Hubble Space Telescope, and EVLA images of a sample of extreme ‘post-starburst’ galaxies in order to understand what caused star formation to halt abruptly.
Before joining the faculty at the UW-Madison, Christy was a Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg Germany and a Hubble postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. She was educated at Colgate University (B.A. 1990) and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D. 2003).
Overview of the SDSS-IV MaNGA Survey: Mapping nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory
Bundy, K., Bershady, M., Law, D., Yan, R., Drory, N., et al., 2015
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 798, Pages 7
Trouille, L., Barger, A., Tremonti, C., 2014
Conference Proceedings in “IAU Symposium” Pages 221-224
Massive compact galaxies with high-velocity outflows: morphological analysis and constraints on AGN activity
Sell, P., Tremonti, C., Hickox, R., Diamond-Stanic, A., Moustakas, J., et al., 2014
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 441, Pages 3417-3443
Stellar feedback as the origin of an extended molecular outflow in a starburst galaxy
Geach, J., Hickox, R., Diamond-Stanic, A., Krips, M., Rudnick, G., et al., 2014
Nature, Vol. 516, Pages 68-70
VizieR Online Data Catalog: Estimating gas masses from HI and CO data (Brinchmann+ 2013)
Brinchmann, J., Charlot, S., Kauffmann, G., Heckman, T., White, S., Tremonti, C., 2014
VizieR Online Data Catalog, Vol. 743, Pages 22-112