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I am conducting a square degree UBVRIz' survey of the high redshift universe. Quasars, Lyman break galaxies, and Damped Lyman alpha Absorbers represent families of protogalaxies selected in different ways. My goal is to determine the extent to which these different types of protogalaxies overlap by measuring their stellar properties and clustering environments. This should provide a useful set of clues to the mystery of galaxy formation.
I am working with the Digital Universe project at the Rose Center for Earth and Space of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. My project is to add extragalactic datasets including SDSS and Cosmic Microwave Background data to the set of Galactic data available to the public. A software code called Partiview allows the public to visualize and learn about our Galaxy and Universe by flying through these datasets on their home computers.