Rachel Wagner-Kaiser

Graduate Student


(352) 392–5089


Educational Background
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Florida, Dec. 2016
  • M.Sc., Astronomy, University of Florida, 2013
  • B.A., Physics & Astronomy, Vassar College, 2010
Areas of Specialty
Stellar populations; globular clusters; multiple populations; galaxy formation; variable stars; specific galaxies: MWG, LMC, M31, NGC 247

Research Interests
My PhD work analyzed multiple populations in MWG globular clusters via a sophisticated and robust Bayesian methodology, with the goal of parameterizing multiple population characteristics and determining what drives their formation
Previous work includes analysis of stellar populations in NGC 247 to determine the cause of a strange void, using 2MASS JK photometry with Hipparcos distances to examine the local solar neighborhood, and obtaining properties of variable stars from light curves (i.e.: RR Lyrae and Cepheids) to learn more about galaxy formation/evolution and to constrain cosmological models.

I grew up in Michigan and attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2010, I earned my Bachelor's in Physics and in Astronomy as well the equivalent of a minor in Mathematics. I spent the following year working in the Physics Department at DePauw University as a Lab Manager and Part-time Instructor.
I received my M.S. from Florida in 2013 on variable stars. My PhD thesis explored multiple populations in globular clusters, working with Professor Ata Sarajedini.

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