Douglas F. Watson

NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago

Ph.D., Physics, Vanderbilt University 2012
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 702-7851
Location: LASR 224
WWW: Web Site
How do galaxies form over cosmic time?
Galaxy Formation Theory
My primary research interests lie in the formation and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time. I am particularly interested in how the spatial distribution or "clustering" of galaxies can shed light on their evolutionary history. From a theory standpoint, I look to understand how galaxies are connected to the dark matter halos in which they reside, as this link can provide key insight into the galaxy formation puzzle. I take advantage of high quality data sets from large-scale redshift surveys and investigate how our observations of the distribution of galaxies relates to results from curent state-of-the-art dark matter simulations.
Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

KICP Publications
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Predicting galaxy star formation rates via the co-evolution of galaxies and haloes", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 446, Issue 1, p.651-662 (Jan 2015)
  2. "Coming of age in the dark sector: how dark matter haloes grow their gravitational potential wells", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 445, Issue 2, p.1713-1730 (Dec 2014)
  3. "The dark side of galaxy colour: evidence from new SDSS measurements of galaxy clustering and lensing", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 444, Issue 1, p.729-743 (Oct 2014)
  4. "Coming of Age in the Dark Sector: How Dark Matter Haloes grow their Gravitational Potential Wells", arXiv:1409.2750 (Sep 2014)
  5. "Beyond Halo Mass: Galactic Conformity as a Smoking Gun of Central Galaxy Assembly Bias", arXiv:1404.6524 (Apr 2014)
  6. "The dark side of galaxy colour", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 435, Issue 2, p.1313-1324 (Oct 2013)
  7. "The Strikingly Similar Relation between Satellite and Central Galaxies and their Dark Matter Halos since z = 2", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 772, Issue 2, article id. 139, 12 pp. (2013) (Aug 2013)
  8. "Constraining Satellite Galaxy Stellar Mass Loss and Predicting Intrahalo Light. I. Framework and Results at Low Redshift", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 754, Issue 2, article id. 90, 14 pp. (2012) (Aug 2012)