Dr. Katherine Alatalo
I am a Hubble fellow working at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, CA. Officially I work with Barry Madore at Carnegie, working on the question of what makes galaxies die. Searching for ways to determine the initial conditions that lead a blue spiral's star formation to quench. I am the P.I. of the Shocked Poststarburst Galaxy Survey.
From 2012-2015, I worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Philip Appleton at IPAC/Caltech, studying the effects that shocks have on galaxies within Hickson Compact Groups. Before that, I graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. in astrophysics from UC - Berkeley with Prof. Carl Heiles as my advisor. Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major of astronomy and physics under the supervision of Prof. Carl Akerlof and Prof. Tim McKay.