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Caitlin Doughty

Graduate Student NMSUAstronomy

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Biographical Info


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.

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 have accomplished this using a variety of statistical methods to compare results from models to observations, and presented my preliminary findings at the From Wall to Web conference in July, 2016.

Please see my CV.


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

My Astrobites Articles

*featured on AAS Nova


  • NMSU Merit-Based Enhancement Award (2018-2019)
  • NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Travel Award (Spring, 2018)
  • New Mexico Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship (2018)
  • NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Travel Award (Spring, 2016)
Meetings Attended
  • Walk the Line, March 2018 (galaxy line emission workshop)
  • 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
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