Dr. Kristina Nyland


I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow working at the NRAO in Charlottesville, VA.  There, I work on the Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey (SERVS) led by Dr. Mark Lacy.  As a member of this research group, I aim to help improve our understanding of galaxy assembly and evolution.  My current duties include the construction of an enhanced resolution catalog drawn from the SERVS database.  The completion of this catalog is critical for the study of how various galaxy properties evolve with redshift, such as the luminosity and mass functions.  I am also very interested in the role of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) in the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time.  

I received my Ph.D. from New Mexico Tech in January, 2015 under the direction of my research advisors Dr. Lisa Young and Dr. Joan Wrobel.  My thesis covered a variety of topics related to galaxy evolution, including massive black hole growth, AGN-driven feedback, and an analysis of the ongoing nuclear activity and star formation in a large sample of nearby lenticular and elliptical galaxies.  My observational tool of choice during my Ph.D. was radio interferometry, and I have observed extensively with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA).  I also have experience with VLBI observations with the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and High Sensitivity Array (HSA).