Research – Collaborations

I am a member of several collaborations which are focused on merger-driven galaxy evolution. These projects have or are in the process of assembling large multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopic datasets. These datasets can be applied to my research interests and can be used in support of the potential student projects. In all collaborations I am actively working on (sub)mm and optical observations as well as numerical modeling of the ongoing mergers.

GOALS: The Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey

GOALS is a multiwavelength survey of the most infrared-luminous galaxies in the nearby universe. The aim of GOALS is to study extreme star formation, AGN, and merger-driven galaxy evolution. I am leading aspects of the (sub)mm studies of the ISM of GOALS galaxies as well as dynamical modeling of the mergers. I am also working on observations and analysis of optical integral field spectroscopy.

TNT: TiNy Titans

TNT is focused on interactions and mergers of dwarf galaxies in the nearby universe. Our understanding of dwarf galaxy interactions is limited, compared to our understanding of massive galaxies. Yet dwarf-dwarf interactions may be better analogs to hierarchical assembly at high redshift. I am actively involved in numerical modeling of local dwarf-dwarf mergers and am leading an integral field spectroscopy program on TNT galaxies.


Compact Obscured Nuclei (“CONs”) are compact, luminous energy sources that have been identified at the centers of nearby infrared-luminous galaxies. CONquest is an international effort aimed at robustly determining the frequency of CONs in the overall galaxy population and also in determining whether they are powered by star formation, supermassive black hole growth, or some combination.

BASS: The BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey

BASS is an all-sky survey of AGN detected in hard X-rays with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT). I am involved in the (sub)millimeter characterization of the AGN host galaxies.