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Carolin Villforth

Postdoctoral Associate

PhD 2011 (U of Turku, Finland)


310 Bryant Space Science Center
(352) 294 1849


Areas of Specialty

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), AGN Variability, AGN host galaxies, blazars, polarimetry.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the connection between Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and their host galaxies. I am particularly interested in understanding what distinguishes the host galaxies of AGN from normal quiescent galaxies, as well as how the AGN influences its host. I am also interested in AGN physics as well as galaxy evolution.


I studied Physics and Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where I received my Diplom (equivalent to Master). At Heidelberg, I worked with Jochen Heidt, studying quasar host galaxies. For my PhD, I moved to the University of Turku in Finland, where I worked with Kari Nilsson on variability in AGN. During my PhD studies, I worked both at the Nordic Optical Telescope on the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Space Telescope Science Institute where I worked with Anton Koekemoer. I received my PhD in 2011. I started my Postdoc at the University of Florida in August 2011, working with Fred Hamann.

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