I am an astronomer working to understand how galaxies earlier in the history of the universe have changed and evolved to produce the universe we see today. More specifically I study the gas, dust and stars in these early galaxies using emission lines that are visible at submillimeter wavelengths. I also have interests in astronomical instrumentation, effective methods of teaching science and communicating science to the public.

I earned my PhD in Astronomy at Cornell University with Dr. Gordon Stacey. I built the 2nd generation z(Redshift) and Early Universe Spectrometer (ZEUS-2) and used it and its predecessor to study galaxies in the early universe. I was a postdoc in Dr. Fabian Walter's group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. 

As of January 2016 I am an Assistant Professor of Physics at Winona State University where I teach physics, do research with undergraduates, and help prepare future science teachers.

Recent Updates

  • Poster presentation for "Uncovering early galaxy evolution in the ALMA and JWST era IAU Symposium 352 • June 3 – 7, 2019 • Viana do Castelo, Portugal" "Characterizing the ISM of High-z Galaxies with ALMA, the JVLA and JWST " (pdf)Galaxies and their ISM have evolved significantly from the early Universe until today. Gas densities, metallicities ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2019, 7:43 AM by Carl Ferkinhoff
  • OST Face-to-Face #6 I gave a talk on the Rise of Metals science case the 6th OST Face-to-face meeting at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD on September 14-15 ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 6:15 AM by Carl Ferkinhoff
  • Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium Friday, April 14th I had a great visit to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. I gave a talk at the colloquium titled: Far-infrared fine ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 3:09 PM by Carl Ferkinhoff
  • AAS 299 Here is my talk from the 229th AAS in Grapevine, Texas. Includes very preliminary results (reduction led by Sarah Higdon - Georgia Southern) from the ZINGRS Radio Survey Talk Slides
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:54 PM by Carl Ferkinhoff
  • Data Cubes for ALMA paper (Ferkinhoff et al. 2015) The calibrated and reduced data cubes for the recently published paper are available here: Ferkinhoff, Carl, 2015, "Band-9 ALMA Cycle-0 Observations of SMMJ02399 and the Cloverleaf",http://dx ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 2:40 AM by Carl Ferkinhoff
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