Curriculum Vitae


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Research Interests

Observational galaxy formation and evolution:  quenching of star formation, galaxy morphology, star formation rate – stellar mass relation, spatially-resolved stellar populations, spectroscopic ages, dust content, star formation efficiency.


Education

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Yale University (June 2012, Advisor: Prof. Pieter van Dokkum)
  • M.Phil. in Astronomy, Yale University (May 2008)
  • M.Sc. in Astronomy, Yale University (May 2007)
  • B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy, UMass Amherst (May 2005)

Positions

  • Assistant Professor, UConn (2016 – present)
  • Associate Faculty, Cosmic Dawn Center, Copenhagen Denmark (2017 – present)
  • Hubble Fellow, UMass Amherst (2015-2017)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center (2012-2015)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Prof. Pieter van Dokkum, Yale (2006-2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Prof. Theodore Fritz, BU (2005-2006)
  • Research Assistant, UMass Amherst, Prof. Daniel Wang, (Summer 2005)
  • REU Internship, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA (Summer 2003/2004)

Honors & Awards

  • Dirk Brouwer Memorial Prize (2015), Yale University
  • American Astronomical Society FAMOUS Travel Grant (2015)
  • NASA CT Space Grant Graduate Fellowship (2010-2011) Awarded to one graduate student within the Space Grant Consortium per year to fund thesis research
  • Mary Dailey Irvine Prize (2005) Awarded to a graduating senior from one of the Five College institutions for an outstanding senior thesis
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Award (2005, Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts
    Amherst)  Awarded once a year to an undergraduate student for academic excellence
  • William F. Field Alumni Scholar (2004, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Hasbrouck Scholarship Award (Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Commonwealth College Honors Research Grant (2004, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Professional Activities

  • LUVOIR Cosmic Origins Science Working Group (2016-present)
  • LUVOIR High Definition Imager Working Group (2016-present)
  • Science Organizing Committee, Massive Beasts of the Cosmos, South Africa (2016)
  • Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 24 Review Panelist (2016)
  • Participant in WFIRST study group, NASA/GSFC (2014-2015)
  • National Science Foundation Review Panelist (2014, 2015)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Review Panelist (2014)
  • Referee for ApJ, ApJ Letters, MNRAS, Nature Astronomy, A&A, and PASA (2009-present)
  • Yale Time Allocation Committee (2009-2010)

Select Publications

  1. The Constant Average Relationship between Dust-obscured Star Formation and Stellar Mass from z=0 to z=2.5  Whitaker, K.E., Pope, A., Cybulski, R., Casey, C.M., Pöpping, G., Yun, M., 2017, ApJ, 850:208.
  2. Predicting Quiescence: The Dependence of Specific Star Formation Rate on Galaxy Size and Central Density at 0.5<z<2.5  Whitaker, K.E., Bezanson, R., van Dokkum, P.G., Franx, M., van der Wel, A., Brammer, G.B., Forster-Schreiber, N.M., Giavalisco, M., Labbe, I., Momcheva, I.G., Nelson, E.J., Skelton, R.E., 2017, ApJ, 838:19.
  3. Galaxy Structure as a Driver of the Star Formation Sequence Slope and Scatter  Whitaker, K.E., Franx, M., Bezanson, R., Brammer, G., van Dokkum, P., Kriek, M., Labbé, I., Leja, J., Momcheva, I., Nelson, E., Rigby, J., Rix, H.-W., Skelton, R.,  van der Wel, A., Wuyts, S.,2015, ApJL, 811, 12.
  4. Constraining the Low-Mass Slope of the Star Formation Sequence at 0.5<z<2.5   Whitaker, K.E., Franx, M., Leja, J., van Dokkum, P.G., Henry, A., Skelton, R.E., Fumagalli, M., Momcheva, I., Brammer, G.B., Labbé, I., Nelson, E.J., Rigby, J.R., 2014, ApJ, 795, 104.   
  5. Resolved Star Formation on Sub-galactic Scales in a Merger at z=1.7  Whitaker, K.E., Rigby, J.R., Brammer, G.B., Gladders, M.D., Sharon, K., Teng, S.H., Wuyts, E., 2014, ApJ, 790, 143.
  6. Quiescent Galaxies in the 3D-HST Survey: Spectroscopic Confirmation of a Large Number of Galaxies with Relatively Old Stellar Populations at z~2   Whitaker, K.E., van Dokkum, P.G., Brammer, G., Momcheva, I.G., Skelton, R., Franx, M., Kriek, M., Labbé, I., Fumagalli, M., Lundgren, B.F., Nelson, E.J., Patel, S.G., Rix, H.-W., ApJL, 770, 39.
  7. The Star-formation Mass Sequence out to z=2.5  Whitaker, K.E., van Dokkum, P.G., Brammer, G., Franx, M., 2012, ApJ, 754, L29.
  8. A Large Population of Compact Post-Starburst Galaxies at z>1  Whitaker, K.E., Kriek, M., van Dokkum, P.G., Bezanson, R., Brammer, G., Franx, M., Labbé, I. 2012, ApJ, 745, 179.
  9. NMBS: Photometric Catalogs, Redshifts and the Bimodal Color Distribution of Galaxies out to z~3  Whitaker, K.E., Labbé, I., van Dokkum, P.G., Brammer, G., Kriek, M., Marchesini, D., Quadri, R.F., Muzzin, A., Williams, R., Bezanson, R., Illingworth, G.D., Lee, K.-S., Lundgren, B., Nelson, E., Rudnick, G., Tal, T., Wake, D.A. 2011, ApJ, 735, 86.
  10. The number density and mass density of star-forming and quiescent galaxies at 0.4<z<2.2 Brammer, G., Whitaker, K.E., van Dokkum, P.G., Marchesini, D., Franx, M., Kriek, M., Labbé, I., Lee, K.-S., Muzzin, A., Quadri, R.F., Rudnick, G., Williams, R. 2011, ApJ, 739, 24.
  11. Galaxy Clustering in the NMBS: The Relationship Between Stellar Mass and Dark Matter Halo Mass at 1<z<2  Wake, D.A., Whitaker, K.E., Labbé, I., van Dokkum, P.G., Franx, M., Quadri, R.F., Brammer, G., Kriek, M., Lundgren, B.F., Marchesini, D., Muzzin, A. 2011, ApJ, 728, 46. 
  12. The Age Spread of Quiescent Galaxies with the NMBS: Identification of the Oldest Galaxies out to z~2  Whitaker, K.E., van Dokkum, P.G., Brammer, G.B., Kriek, M., Franx, M., Labbé, I., Marchesini, D., Quadri, R.F., Bezanson, R., Illingworth, G.D., Lee, K.-S., Muzzin, A., Rudnick, G., Wake, D.A. 2010,ApJ, 719, 1715.
  13. The Growth of Massive Galaxies since z=2  van Dokkum, P.G., Whitaker, K.E., Brammer, G.B.,  Franx, M., Kriek, M., Labbé, I., Marchesini, D., Quadri, R.F., Bezanson, R., Illingworth, G.D., Muzzin, A., Rudnick, G., Tal. T., Wake, D.A. 2010, ApJ, 709, 1018.
  14. The Dead Sequence: A Clear Bimodality in Galaxy Colors from z=0 to z=2.5  Brammer, G.B., Whitaker, K.E., van Dokkum, P.G., Marchesini, D., Labbé, I., Franx, M., Kriek, M., Quadri, R.F., Illingworth, G., Lee, K.-S., Muzzin, A., Rudnick, G. 2009, ApJ, 709, 173.
  15. Hubble Space Telescope Images of Red Mergers: How Dry Are They?  Whitaker, K.E., & van Dokkum, P.G. 2008, ApJ, 676, 105.

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Conferences and Research TalksIMG_0362

Colloquia and Invited Presentations
  • Invited Talk, WFIRST Deep Fields Workshop, Princeton NJ (8/2018)
  • Colloquium, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, NO (7/2018)
  • Invited Talk, LUVOIR Seminar, Goddard Space Flight Center (5/2018)
  • Invited Talk, Galaxy & Cosmology Seminar, Harvard CfA, Cambridge MA (2/2018)
  • Invited Talk, WFIRST Splinter Session, AAS, 231st Meeting, Washington DC (1/2018)
  • Invited Talk, LUVOIR Splinter Session, AAS, 231st Meeting, Washington DC (1/2018)
  • Colloquium, Boston University, Boston MA (10/2017)
  • Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven CT (9/2017)
  • Invited review talk, “A Decade of the Star-Forming Main Sequence” Lorentz Center Workshop, Leiden NL (9/2017)
  • Invited Talk, Hubble Fellows Symposium, Baltimore MD (3/2017)
  • Invited Talk, BASS Seminar, Brown University, Providence RI (3/2017)
  • Colloquium, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS (3/2017)
  • Colloquium, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT (3/2017)
  • Colloquium, MIT, Cambridge MA (2/2017)
  • Colloquium, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT (11/2016)
  • Invited Talk, Hubble Fellows Symposium, Baltimore MD (3/2016)
  • Colloquium, Penn State, State College PA (2/2016)
  • Invited Talk, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT (2/2016)
  • Invited Talk, Amherst College, Amherst MA (1/2016)
  • Invited Talk, LUVOIR Splinter Session, AAS, 227th Meeting, Seattle WA (1/2016)
  • Colloquium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI (10/2015)
  • Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX (9/2015)
  • Invited Talk, Hubble 25th Symposium, Baltimore MD (4/2015)
  • Invited Talk, University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA (3/2015)
  • Invited Talk, Brown University, Providence RI (2/2015)
  • Invited Talk, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY (2/2015)
  • Invited Talk, 3D-HST Session, AAS, 225th Meeting, Seattle WA (1/2015)
  • Invited Talk, NASA/GSFC SED Director’s Seminar, Greenbelt MD (6/2014)
  • Invited Talk, CTC Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park MD (3/2014)
  • Colloquium, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA (9/2013)
  • Invited Talk, Watching Galaxies Grow Up, Ringberg, Germany (12/2011)
Other Seminars, Contributed Talks, and Poster Presentations
  • Seminar, Cosmic Dawn Center, Copenhagen DK (7/2018)
  • Contributed Talk, AAS, 231st Meeting, Washington DC (1/2018)
  • Contributed Talk, Massive Beasts of the Cosmos, Kruger Park SA (7/2016)
  • Contributed Talk, The Most Massive Galaxies and their Precursors, Sydney AU (2/2015)
  • Contributed Talk, AAS, 225th Meeting, Seattle WA (1/2015)
  • Seminar, MIT, Cambridge MA (11/2014)
  • Contributed Talk, Z-FOURGE Annual Meeting, Montgomery TX (10/2014)
  • Contributed Talk, Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO (2/2014)
  • Dissertation Talk, AAS 223rd Meeting, Washington DC (1/2014)
  • Seminar, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA (11/2013)
  • Contributed Talk, 3D-HST Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico (10/2013)
  • Invited Talk, Z-FOURGE Annual Meeting, Montgomery TX (10/2013)
  • Seminar, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD (10/2013)
  • Seminar, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD (1/2013, 9/2013)
  • Invited Talk, Lorentz Center, Leiden NL (1/2008, 2/2009, 11/2009, 5/2013)
  • Seminar, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD (10/2012)
  • Contributed Talk, 3D-HST Annual Meeting, New Haven CT (10/2012)
  • Seminar, University of California, Santa Cruz CA (12/2011)
  • Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles CA (12/2011)
  • Seminar, University of California, Riverside CA (11/2011)
  • Seminar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA (11/2011)
  • Seminar, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA (11/2011)
  • Seminar, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA (10/2011)IMG_1889 (1)
  • Contributed Talk, 3D-HST Annual Meeting, Leiden NL (10/2011)
  • Poster, Galaxy Formation Conference, Durham UK (7/2011)
  • Contributed Talk, AAS 211th Meeting, Austin TX (1/2008)
  • Poster, AAS 206th Meeting, Minneapolis MN (5/2005)
  • Poster, AAS 205th Meeting, San Diego CA (1/2005)
  • Poster, AAS 203th Meeting, Atlanta GA (1/2004)

 Telescope Experience

  • Kitt Peak 4m (26 nights; NEWFIRM)
  • Cerro-Tololo Blanco 4m (5 nights; NEWFIRM)
  • MMT Observatory 6.5m (2 nights; MMIRS)
  • Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3, ACS, WFPC2)
  • Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC, MIPS)
  • XMM-NEWTON Observatory
  • Chandra X-ray Observatory