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Understanding the influence of environment is a fundamental goal in studies of galaxy evolution, and galaxy clusters offer ideal laboratories with which to examine environmental effects on their constituent members. Clusters continually evolve and build up mass through the accumulation of galaxies, resulting in distinct galaxy populations based on their accretion history. I will discuss using cluster phase space (line-of-sight velocity versus projected clustercentric radius) as a way to probe the accretion histories of cluster galaxies to study environmental effects. I will also show an extreme example of star formation within the core of a z~1.7 galaxy cluster, which has implications for mass growth in high-z Brightest Cluster Galaxies.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.