Institute of Astronomy

Prof Robert C Kennicutt


The broad objectives of my research are to use detailed observations of nearby galaxies to quantify their star formation and evolutionary properties, and to understand the underlying physical nature of the Hubble sequence of galaxy types. I also have worked to develop diagnostic methods for characterizing galaxy evolution at high redshift, and to better understand the physical processes that drive large-scale star formation and galaxy evolution. Another facet of my research program is devoted to calibrating the distance scale to galaxies and measuring the size and expansion rate of the Universe. At this time my research is concentrated on several large surveys of star formation in the local universe, including the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS), the Spitzer Local Volume Legacy (LVL), and the Herschel KINGFISH legacy survey.   

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