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 Journal884.1 (2019): 7.
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 Journal830. (2016): 52.
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 Journal795. (2014): 33.
Erb, Dawn K., Bogosavljevic, Milan, and Steidel, Charles. “Filamentary Large-scale Structure Traced by Six Lyα Blobs at z = 2.3” Astrophysical Journal Letters740L.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 Journal719.2 (2010): 1168-1190.