Colloquium Schedule

Colloquiua will be offered with some combination of in-person and remote colloquia. 

Our normal colloquium time is Friday at 3:15 in the Biology Annex (BX102) with refreshments at 3:00pm in the Astronomy Conference Room (AY 119). We will normally try to broadcast these via Zoom at

Contact Jon Holtzman (holtz at with questions or comments about the colloquium and to set up a date for a colloquium. 

Spring 2023 Colloquia:

Samir Kusmic (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: Following the Chemical Evolution during the Epoch of Reionization through Galactic Emission and Quasar Absorption Lines WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2023, 1:00 PM Science Hall 102
Amanda Stricklan (NMSU) DIssertation proposal: In-depth analysis of the origin and evolution of coronal
hole jets
January 20, 2023, 3:00 PM BX 102
January 27, 2023
February 3, 2023, 3:15 PM
Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (UNM) How do we know what we know? The importance of absolute anchors in cosmology February 10, 2023, 3:15 PM BX 102
Manny Canas Canas (NMSU) Thesis defense: A Solution for the Density Dichotomy Problem of Kuiper Belt Objects With Multi-Species Streaming Instability and Pebble Accretion February 15, 2023, 4:00 PM Domenici 102
Akos Bogdan (Harvard)
Probing the Physics of Cosmic Ecosystems: The Hot Phases of the Circumgalactic Medium
February 17, 2023
Jason Wang (Northwestern) Exoplanets at High Spatial and Spectral Resolution February 24, 2023, 3:15 PM BX 102
Julie Imig (NMSU) Dissertation defense: A Galactic Self-Portrait: Chemical Cartography, Density Structure, and Integrated Properties of the Milky Way Disk March 3, 2023, 3:00 PM BX 102
March 10, 2023
SPRING BREAK March 17, 2023
Keith Hawkins (UT Austin) Galactic Archaeology in the era of Large Surveys March 24, 2023, 3:15 PM BX 102
Hannah Gallamore (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: Jupiter as an Exoplanet Analog: Quantifying the Effect of Atmospheric Variability on Retrieved Exoplanet Parameters TUESDAY, March 28, 2023, 3:00 PM O'Donnell 111
Farisa Morales (JPL) My trajectory as an Astronomer and Characterizing Planetary Debris Systems--Detecting Water and Rock March 31, 2023, 3:15 PM


Mark Croom (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: The Kinematic Connection between the Circumgalactic Medium and Edge-On Galaxies  TUESDAY, April 4, 2023, 1:00pm

Corbett Center Senate Chambers -


SPRING HOLIDAY April 7, 2023
Priscilla Holguin Luna (NMSU) Dissertation proposal:
In the fringes: Mechanisms that govern gaseous reservoirs and stellar populations in galaxy cluster outskirts
April 14, 2023, 3:00 PM BX 102
Paul Rajaguru (Indian Inst. of Astrophysics) Meridional Circulation in the Solar Convection Zone: Reconciling and Understanding Helioseismic Measurements April 21, 2023 BX 102
Diana Dragomir (UNM) The TESS Mission Reaches for Cooler Planets April 28, 2023, 3:15 PM
Alexander Stone-Martinez (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: Stellar Ages and Distances from APOGEE data using Machine Learning May 9, 2023, 3:00 PM Corbett Center Senate Chambers, Room 302

Fall 2022 Colloquia:

Presenter Title Time Location / Zoom Link
Inclusive Astronomy (NMSU)

September 9, 2022 - 3:15pm


September 16, 2022
Stephanie Ho (NMSU) Understanding the Galaxy Ecosystem: Gas Flow in The Circumgalactic Medium September 23, 2022, 3:15 PM BX 102
Philipp Edelman (LANL) How 3D simulations help us understand convection and waves in stars September 30, 2022 BX 102
Bryson Stemock (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: A Machine Learning Approach to Quasar Absorption Line Spectroscopy MONDAY, October 3, 2022 , 1:00 PM Science Hall 102 (SH 102)
Harrison Cook (NMSU)
Dissertation proposal: Unveiling the Structure of Active Galactic Nuclei using Electromagnetic and Gravitational Wave-Emitting Events
October 7, 2022, 1:00 PM

Domenici 106

October 14, 2022, 3:15 PM
Denise Stephens (BYU) SPITZER to JWST : Mid-infrared spectra of Brown Dwarfs is back October 21, 2022, 3:15 PM


Geronimo Villaneuva (GSFC) Searching for life and habitability in our Solar System October 28, 2022, 3:15 PM
Kristen Luchsinger (NMSU) Dissertation defense: The Deposition, Retention, and Disruption of Water Ice at the Lunar Poles Across Temporal and Spatial Scales MONDAY, October 31, 2022, 1:00 PM

Science Hall 102

Sean Sellers (NMSU) Dissertation defense: Solar Flare Energy Deposition and Response Throughout the Chromosphere and Transition Region WEDNESDAY, November 2, 2022: 12:00PM

Science Hall 102

Nir Mandelker ( Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Resolving (or not) multiphase gas in galaxy outskirts and the cosmic web in cosmological simulations November 4, 2022, 3:00 PM

BX 102

Nitin Yadav (IISER TVM) Solar Plasma Heating: Role of Vortex Flows November 11, 2022, 9:00 AM


Sofia Gallego (Caltech) Unveiling the Co-evolution of Galaxies and the Intergalactic Medium at the Cosmic Noon November 18, 2022, 3:15 PM

BX 102

Adam Smith (NMSU) Dissertation proposal: The Snapshot A-Star Survey: Probing Brown Dwarf Formation through Companion Discovery and Population Analysis December 2, 2022, 3:00 PM

Previous Spring 2022 Colloquia:

Presenter Title Time Location / Zoom Link
Farhanul Hasan (NMSU) Dissertation Proposal:Unveiling Galaxy Evolution in Gaseous Ecosystems with Statistical and Visual Analysis

February 11, 2022 - 1:00pm
Ali Hyder (NMSU) Dissertation Proposal: Investigating the Vertical and Horizontal Dynamical Transport via Thermochemistry in Jupiter’s Atmosphere February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm BX102 and
Benne Holwerda (Louisville) Stellar Transmission, Absorption and Reddening from a Survey of Multiple Overlapping Galaxies (STARSMOG) February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm
Debanjan Sengupta (NMSU) Depletion of Moderately Volatile Elements by Open-System loss in the Early Solar Nebula March 4, 2022 - 3:15pm BX 102 and
Rachel Marra (NMSU) Dissertation Defense: An Observer’s Examination of the Circumgalactic Medium Using Cosmological Simulations  March 15, 2022 - 9:00am
Cheng Li (Univ of Michigan) Winds, Water and Weather of Jupiter’s atmosphere March 18, 2022 - 3:00pm
March 25, 2022 - 3:00pm
Oskar Elek (UCSC)

As Above / So Below: Learning from primitive intelligence in the quest for understanding the Universe's large scale structure


April 1, 2022 - 3:25 pm BX 102
Sarah Kovac (NMSU) Solar Wind Conditions During observations of Venusian Aurora April 6, 2022 - 1:30pm
Marco Stangalini (ASI Italian Space Agency) Resonant oscillations in sunspots April 8, 2022 - 9:00am
Teresa "Linda" Scholz Identifying and Understanding (the impact of) Explicit and Implicit Biases in the Sciences April 8, 2022 - 3:15pm BX 102
Michiel Lambrechts (Lund Observatory) Planet formation by pebble accretion April 22, 2022 - 9:00am
TBD April 29, 2022 - 3:00pm TBD

Previous Fall 2021 Colloquia:

Presenter Title Time Location / Zoom Link
Emma Dahl, NMSU Ph.D Dissertation Defense:Color and Structure of Jupiter's Uppermost Cloud Deck During the Juno Era August 20th, 2021 - 3:00pm

BX 102

TBA August 27th, 2021 -  time



September 3rd, 2021 - time


September 10th, 2021 - time

Inclusive Astronomy Yearly Presentation

September 17th, 2021 - 3:15

BX 102
Jonathan Fortney, UCSC Beyond Equilibrium Temperature: The Atmosphere/Interior Connection in Transiting Giant Planets

September 24th, 2021 - 3:45
Rob Wittenmeyer, University of Southern Queensland MINERVA-Australis and SONG: Australia's new dedicated observatories

October 1st, 2021 - 3:15

BX 102


October 8th, 2021 - time

Jillian Bellovary (CUNY/AMNH) Seeking Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies

October 15th, 2021 - 3:15
Axel Brandenburg (Nordita) TBA

October 22nd, 2021 - 9:00am
Benjamin Rossenwasser (Wisconsin) The Physical Properties and Environments of Common Low-z OVI Absorbers

October 29th, 2021 - 3:15 pm
Anne Hedlund, NMSU Dissertation proposal:

November 2nd, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Kelly Sanderson, NMSU
Dissertation proposal: Characterizing the Extended Emission Line Regions and Activity Timescales of Type II AGN

November 5th, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Dr. Carlos J. Vargas,

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator Aspera SmallSat Mission

November 12th, 2021 - 3:15

To Be Announced

Oana Vesa, NMSU

Dissertation Proposal:

November 17, 2021 - 3:00
Matt Varakian Dissertation Proposal:

November 19th, 2021 - 2:00

BX 102 and

Dr. David O. Jones,

Einstein Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

If the SH0ES fit: Searching for New Physics with Local Measurements of the Hubble Constant

December 3rd, 2021 - 3:15 PM

BX 102

Previous Spring 2021 Zoom Colloquia:

Presenter Title Time Zoom Link
Caitlin Doughty Ph.D Dissertation Defense April 7th, 2021 - 12:00pm

Alec Herczeg Thesis Proposal April 9th, 2021 - 3:00pm

Helen Mason Sun Space Art April 16th, 2021 - 9:00am

Julie Imig Thesis Proposal April 16th, 2021 - 3:00pm

Jorge Moreno Spatially Resolved Galaxy Interactions April 23rd, 2021 - 3:00pm

Mariarita Murabito TBA May 7th, 2021 - 9:00am