I study extremely metal-poor starbursting dwarf galaxies in the nearby universe, and how those galaxies interact with their surrounding intergalactic medium. These dwarf galaxies have properties very similar to the first protogalaxies to form after the Big Bang, which will be first directly observed with the James Webb Space Telescope. But even with the power of JWST, these galaxies will only amount to a few pixels of light from the edge of the observable universe.
Studying nearby analogs helps me interpret those tiny pixels of light from JWST, and relate them to the thermal history, enrichment, and reionization of the young intergalactic medium.
Above: The Very Large Array in Magdalena, New Mexico, operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Left: Reflection of the observer in the primary mirror of the 90-inch Bok telescope, located on Kitt Peak National Observatory and operated by the University of Arizona. Image was taken during dewar fill of the 90-prime camera.
Contact: jmonkiew (atcha) gmail (dottie) com