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ESA/AURA Astronomer
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Joining STScI in 2020 as an ESA/AURA Astronomer, Dr. Travis Fischer provides support for the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope and acts as the Deputy Lead for Data Products on the Hubble UV Legacy Library of Young Stars as Essential Standards (ULLYSES) team. Travis previously served as a Research Faculty through both George Mason University at the United States Naval Observatory and The Catholic University of America at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Before this he was a James Webb Space Telescope NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at GSFC.

He began his career as a research assistant and postdoctoral researcher in Georgia State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Travis also continues to pursue an active research career studying Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), their influence on the host galaxies they reside in, and analyzing IFU spectroscopy, which includes upcoming James Webb Space Telescope Early Release Science and Guest Observing programs. Previous studies of note include the kinematics of outflowing, ionized gas in nearby AGN and how it relates to other phases of gas observed in the infrared, X-ray, and radio. He is also interested in creating and providing tools for spectroscopic analysis of emission lines. His research has appeared in the Astrophysical Journal and has been presented at various scientific conferences.

Education:

PhD in Astronomy, Georgia State University
MS in Astronomy, Georgia State University
BA in Physics, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

 

Science Interests:

  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Outflows
  • Optical/Near-IR IFU Spectroscopy
  • Molecular Gas
  • Radio Structures
  • Emission-Line Modeling

 

Research Topics: Supermassive Black Holes, High-Redshift Galaxies, AGN and Quasars

 

Professional Websites:

Professional Website

 

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3365-8875

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