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About Benne Holwerda

My research plans focus on a few broad questions: how does starlight travel through a galaxy? How do galaxies get and use fuel for new stars? How do galaxies evolve and how is that encoded in their appearance, size and populations of stars? Galaxies are at the same time the most ubiquitous test particle in the Universe and the location where most of the starlight is produced. How they evolve as a population since their formation is therefore a central question for Astronomy in the coming decades. But to answer how they evolve questions such as how dust affects the observed light or where they source the gas for star-formation need to be answered.My research interests are in dealing with the structure and evolution of galaxies with three general themes: (1) the transmission of light through a spiral galaxy (distant galaxy counts, occulting galaxy pairs and SED models), (2) galaxy morphology (vertical and quantified morphology), and (3) galaxy evolution, e.g., visible in morphology or a census of gas at z=1.

Positions

2017 - Present Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of Physics and Astronomy
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2013 - 2016 Research Fellow, Leiden University
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2012 - 2015 Guest Lecturer, University of Leiden
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2010 - 2013 Research Fellow, European Space Agency
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2009 - 2010 Lecturer, University of Cape Town
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2008 - 2010 Guest Lecturer, National Astrophysics and Space Science Program
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2008 - 2010 SARCHI Fellow, University of Cape Town
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2005 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Space Telescope Science Institute
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2005 - 2005 Lecturer, University Groningen
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1998 - 1999 Co-Lecturer, The Open University
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Curriculum Vitae



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Education

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2000 - 2005 PhD., University of Groningen ‐ Astronomy
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1995 - 2000 MsC., University of Groningen ‐ Astronomy
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Refereed Publications (102)