June 7, 2011 - "Galaxies and their environments" - Dr. Trevor Mendel

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June 7, 2011 - "Galaxies and their environments" - Dr. Trevor Mendel, post-doc, UVic

Abstract: From an observational standpoint we see that galaxy properties depend on their surrounding environment; however, the extent to which this dependence is an intrinsic property of galaxies (nature) or a result of their particular evolutionary path (nurture) is less well understood. I will discuss our theoretical understanding of galaxy formation and evolution, and confront this understanding with observational evidence relating galaxies to their host environments.

Bio: After finish my Bachelors in Physics and Astronomy at Macalester College in Minnesota, I went to Swinburne University in Australia, completing my PhD there in 2009. I've been a post-doc at UVic since then, working with Dr. Sara Ellison. My research is focused on understanding the statistical properties of galaxies in the local universe. arXiv.org

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