Below I have listed short summaries of projects which are available for student involvement. The projects vary in length; some may be suitable for single-semester studies while others may be more conducive to graduate student projects. Many can be “resized” to fit other categories. Though this list is closely matched to my active research areas, my interest is not limited to these projects – if you have a project idea would you like to work on, please contact me. In particular, I am eager to work with students in developing thesis/dissertation projects to match their interests.
I have broadly organized the projects into observational and theoretical / numerical projects, since people often prefer to work in one or the other category. However, many of the projects would benefit from a hybrid approach – come talk to me if that interests you.
For many of those projects I already have the data needed to complete the projects, while others may require acquisition of new data.
- Global and resolved molecular gas properties of infrared galaxies, and the relationship with nuclear activity (AGN and/or starburst)
- Metallicity of infrared galaxies
- Environment of mergers as a function of redshift
- Extended, faint optical/infrared continuum emission surrounding galaxy mergers
- High-resolution spectroscopic studies of elliptical galaxies with evidence for recent interaction
- The link between molecular gas reservoirs and environment in low-mass galaxies
Numerical / Theoretical
Below are projects involving numerical studies using N-body and hydrodynamic simulations; some may benefit from analytic approaches. Almost universally, these projects will involve generating and running new simulations.
- Evolution of dark matter halo profiles in galaxy mergers
- Mass-dependence of the triggering of starbursts in galaxy mergers