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Caitlin Doughty

Graduate Student NMSUAstronomy

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Biographical Info


As of August 2015, I have worked with Kristian Finlator to explore the use of aligned metal absorbers to measure the ultraviolet background at high redshift.

I completed a B.S. degree in 2014 after double majoring in physics and astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle. During this time I assisted with assembly and coding for the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) at the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at UW. Switching gears to the realm of astronomy, I collected and analyzed photometric data of candidate symbiotic stars with Julie Lutz to catalog their variability. I also observed globular clusters under the supervision of Dr. George Wallerstein to ascertain the viability of using photometric filters to measure stellar metallicity.


Evolution of Neutral Oxygen During the Epoch of Reionization and its Use in Estimating the Neutral Hydrogen Fraction
C. Doughty, K. Finlator (submitted to MNRAS March 2019)

Aligned metal absorbers and the ultraviolet background at the end of reionization
C. Doughty, K. Finlator, B. D. Oppenheimer, R. Davé, E. Zackrisson (2018) MNRAS


  • (Poster) Evolution of Neutral Oxygen Absorbers in the Circumgalactic Medium During the Epoch of Reionization. Caitlin Doughty, Kristian Finlator (2019)
  • (iPoster) Teaching Contemporary Astronomy with Astrobites. Caitlin Doughty, Nora Shipp, Benn Tsz Ho Tsang, Gourav Khullar, Vatsal Panwar for the Astrobites Collaboration (2019)
Meetings Attended
  • AAS 233. January 2019
  • Walk the Line (galaxy line emission workshop). March 2018
  • San Diego Supercomputing Center Summer Institute.  July 2017
  • Women in Astronomy IV.  June 2017
  • From Wall to Web, IGM 2016.  July 2016
  • 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.  January 2015
  • Cool Stars 18.  June 2014


  • New Mexico Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship (2019)
  • LSSTC Data Science Fellowship (2018-2020)
  • NMSU Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship (fall 2018)
  • A. Scott Murrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Spring 2018)
  • NMSU Merit-Based Enhancement Award (2018-2019)
  • New Mexico Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship (2018)
My Astrobites Articles
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