University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Department of Astronomy
Dr. Conroy's group studies a broad range of topics in the fields of galaxy formation, stellar evolution, stellar spectroscopy, and stellar populations using both observational and theoretical tools.
The analysis of galactic stellar populations has traditionally been pursued in two limiting cases: spatially-resolved stellar populations in the color-magnitude diagram, and integrated light observations of distant systems. In between these two extremes lies a rich and relatively unexplored realm of observational phenomena. In this talk I will describe our efforts to develop techniques and analyze datasets exploiting the “semi-resolved” stellar population regime, both spatially and temporally. We have used these techniques to unravel the stellar populations of nearby galaxies, which has offered new insights into their formation histories. These new tools will play an important role in maximizing the science returns from next generation ground and space-based facilities.