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Lauren Kahre

Graduate Student NMSUAstronomy
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Biographical Info


I completed a B.S. degree in physics in 2012 and a M.S. degree in 2013, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

I worked at the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), analyzing spacecraft data to map plasma turbulence in the solar wind. I used Voyager and Pioneer data, with ACE, WIND, and OMNI, to explore radial and latitudinal changes in key quantities associated with turbulence and study magnetic and kinematic fluctuations.

I also spent a summer at Case Western Reserve University, studying the evolution of galaxy clusters with Dr. Chris Mihos. I analyzed deep images of the nearby Virgo cluster taken with the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), modeling light scattering and comparing the locations of globular cluster candidates with the spatial distribution of diffuse intracluster light to search for evidence of intracluster globular clusters.

Since arriving at NMSU in August 2013, I have worked with Rene Walterbos and the Legacy ExtraGalactic Ultraviolet Survey (LEGUS) to study the interstellar medium of nearby galaxies. Using ground-based Halpha images, I developed masks to separate the Halpha emission of the diffuse ionized gas from that of HII regions in order to help constrain the ionization budgets for each type of gas. More recently, I have used the photometry of stars in nearby galaxies observed by LEGUS to generate maps of the dust content of galaxies. These maps can be used to constrain the relationship between gas and dust in galaxies (especially how this relationship changes with environment), as well as assist us in understanding the differences in extinction between the diffuse ionized gas and HII regions. I am currently continuing this work at an internship at Gemini South Observatory in La Serena, Chile.


Testing Turbulence Transport Models using Solar Wind Data
N. Jetha, G. P. Zank, & L. Kahre 2011, AGUMA, SH42B-08

Meetings Attended
  • IAU General Assembly 2015
  • AAS Winter Meeting 2016
  • AAS Winter Meeting 2017
Teaching Activities

I have taught several 110 and 105 labs, but more recently have been the TA for Rene Walterbos’ Life in the Universe class.


Updated 11 months ago.