I am a prize postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida. My research is focused on the physical processes that drive evolution of galaxies across a wide range of mass. I use observations—from telescopes such as ALMA, the VLT, and the VLA—in concert with N-body simulations to understand the interplay between star formation, active galactic nuclei, feedback, and the interstellar medium in mergers. In particular, I study the molecular gas properties of extreme starbursts and the evolution of starburst and AGN activity as mergers progress.
In addition to my research, this website has some biographical information.
- (18 June – 07 July 2018) “The Astrophysics of Massive Black Hole Mergers: From Galaxy Mergers to the Gravitational Wave Regime (Aspen, CO).
- 22 January 2018: Our latest paper, presenting optical, near-infrared, and millimeter observations of the dual AGN system Mrk 463 (Treister+), has just been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. A preprint is now available.
- 19 December 2017: We have recently obtained the first imaging and spectroscopy of the molecular outflow in Arp 220. The results are described in a preprint (Barcos-Muñoz+) and the paper will appear in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
- 16 November 2017: A preprint is now available for a paper I contributed to. “A hidden molecular outflow in the LIRG Zw 049.057” (Falstad+) presents new ALMA, SMA, and VLA observations of a low-redshift infrared galaxy, finding evidence for a molecular outflow and peculiar properties in the OH emission. The paper has been accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics.