Dawn Erb

Professor and Associate Chair
 KEN 4087



Professor Erb’s research interests include galaxy formation and evolution, the kinematics, chemical evolution and stellar populations of galaxies at high redshift, feedback processes in starburst galaxies, and the evolution of the intergalactic medium at high redshift.

Biographical Sketch

Dawn Erb received her PhD in Astrophysics in 2005 from the California Institute of Technology. She was a CfA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2005-2008. The following two years Erb was a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Univerity of California. Since 2010, she has been at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she holds the rank of Associate Professor and she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Selected Publications

Erb, Dawn K., Berg, Danielle A., Auger, Matthew W., Kaplan, David L., Brammer, Gabriel, and Pettini, Max. “Subkiloparsec Imaging of Ly-alpha Emission in a Low-mass, Highly Ionized, Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy at z = 1.84.” The Astrophysical Journal 884.1 (2019): 7.
Berg, Danielle A., Erb, Dawn K., Auger, Matthew W., Pettini, Max, and Brammer, Gabriel B. “A Window on the Earliest Star Formation: Extreme Photoionization Conditions of a High-ionization, Low-metallicity Lensed Galaxy at z~2.” Astrophysical Journal 859. (2018): 164.
Erb, Dawn K., Steidel, Charles C., and Chen, Yuguang. “The Kinematics of Extended Lyman-alpha Emission in a Low Mass, Low Metallicity Galaxy at z = 2.3.” Astrophysical Journal Letters 862.1 (2018): L10.
Erb, Dawn K., Pettini, Max, Steidel, Charles C., Strom, Allison L., Rudie, Gwen C., Trainor, Ryan F., Shapley, Alice E., and Reddy, Naveen A. “A High Fraction of Ly-alpha Emitters among Galaxies with Extreme Emission Line Ratios at z ~2.” Astrophysical Journal 830. (2016): 52.
Erb, Dawn K. “Feedback in low-mass galaxies in the early Universe.” Nature 523. (2015): 169-176.
Erb, Dawn K., Steidel, C.C., Trainor, R.F., Bogosavljevic, M., Shapley, A.E., Nestor, D.B., Kulas, K.R., Law, D.R., Strom, A.L., Rudie, G.C., Reddy, N.A., Pettini, M., Konidaris, N.P., Mace, G., Matthews, K., and McLean, I.S., . “The Lyα Properties of Faint Galaxies at z ~ 2-3 with Systemic Redshifts and Velocity Dispersions from Keck-MOSFIRE.” The Astrophysical Journal 795. (2014): 33.
Erb, Dawn K., Quider, Anna M., Henry, Alaina L., and Martin, Crystal L. “Galactic Outflows in Absorption and Emission: Near-ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Galaxies at 1 < z < 2.” Astrophysical Journal 759. (2012).
Erb, Dawn K., Bogosavljevic, Milan, and Steidel, Charles. “Filamentary Large-scale Structure Traced by Six Lyα Blobs at z = 2.3.” Astrophysical Journal Letters 740L.1 (2011): L31.
Erb, Dawn K., Pettini, Max, Shapley, Alice, Steidel, Charles, Law, David, and Reddy, Naveen. “Physical Conditions in a Young, Unreddened, Low-metallicity Galaxy at High Redshift.” Astrophysical Journal 719.2 (2010): 1168-1190.