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Vivienne Wild

School of Physics & Astronomy

Physical Science Building

North Haugh

St Andrews

KY16 9SS

United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 461680

Research overview

My research is focussed on galaxy formation and evolution. In particular I am interested in the role of galaxy mergers in building elliptical galaxies, using absorption line systems to unveil the link between galaxies and their gaseous halos, and the impact of AGN on galaxy evolution.

My ERC funded SEDmorph project combines observational data from 4 leading galaxy surveys with a large suite of simulations, to study both the spectral and morphological evolution of galaxies following a starburst or merger phase. This project is about understanding the physical processes responsible for changing galaxies from the irregular balls of gas observed at high redshift, into the bimodal population of star-forming spirals and quiescent ellipticals seen around us today.

Research publications

  • Mapping dust-obscured light in califa galaxies

    Vale Asari, N., Wild, V., Kennicutt, R. & Cid Fernandes, R. 1 Oct 2014 In : Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias. 44, p. 91 1 p.

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  • The Hawk-I UDS and GOODS survey (HUGS): survey design and deep K-band number counts

    Wild, V. & 42 others Fontana, A., Dunlop, J. S., Paris, D., Targett, T. A., Boutsia, K., Castellano, M., Galametz, A., Grazian, A., McLure, R., Merlin, E., Pentericci, L., Wuyts, S., Almaini, O., Caputi, K., Chary, R-R., Cirasuolo, M., Conselice, C. J., Cooray, A., Daddi, E., Dickinson, M., Faber, S. M., Fazio, G., Ferguson, H. C., Giallongo, E., Giavalisco, M., Grogin, N. A., Hathi, N., Koekemoer, A. M., Koo, D. C., Lucas, R. A., Nonino, M., Rix, H. W., Renzini, A., Rosario, D., Santini, P., Scarlata, C., Sommariva, V., Stark, D. P., Van Der Wel, A., Vanzella, E., Yan, H. & Zibetti, S. Oct 2014 In : Astronomy & Astrophysics. 570, 13 p.A11

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  • From starburst to quiescence: testing AGN feedback in rapidly Quenching post-starburst galaxies

    Yesuf, H. M., Faber, S. M., Trump, J. R., Koo, D. C., Fang, J. J., Liu, F. S., Wild, V. & Hayward, C. C. 14 Jul 2014 In : Astrophysical Journal. 792, 2, 22 p.84

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