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, ample scope exists for projects which overlap. Come talk to me if those interest you.
These projects primarily deal with the analysis and interpretation of observations. For many I already have access to the data needed to complete the projects, while others may require acquisition of new data.
- Global and resolved molecular gas properties of infrared galaxies
- Metallicity of infrared galaxies
- Supernovae in merging galaxies
- Environment of mergers as a function of redshift
- Faint regions of galaxy mergers
- High-resolution studies of elliptical galaxies
- Environmental dependence of molecular gas detection in low-mass galaxies
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
- Various topics relating to galaxy-scale star formation models