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Moire Prescott

Moire Prescott
Associate Professor

Contact Info
mkpresco at
AY 206

Expertise: Circumgalactic Medium, Observational Astronomy, Galaxies, Supermassive Black Holes, LAEs, Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Evolution, Kinematics of Gas within the Cosmic Web, Lyman-alpha nebulae, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, AGN




  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Physical conditions and kinematics of the circumgalactic and intergalactic media
  • Giant Lya nebulae and the growth of massive structures
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and AGN variability
  • Dust and stellar populations in galaxies


Primary Advisor:

Kelly Sanderson (graduate) – Characterizing Extended Emission Line Regions Around Type II AGN

Audrey Dijeau (graduate) – Searching for Low Redshift Extended Emission Line Nebulae

Daniel Godines Alcantara (graduate) – Using Machine Learning to Find High Redshift Lyman-alpha Nebulae

Natalie Wells (undergraduate) – Galaxies in the Vicinity of Lyman-alpha Nebulae

Elena Fuentes (undergraduate) – Gas Physical Conditions in "Green Bean" Galaxies


Past Students:

Agnar Hall (graduate) – studying the environments of Lyman-alpha nebulae using HST imaging.

Sean Sellers (graduate) – searching for Lyman-alpha nebulae using intermediate-band imaging

Jodi Berdis (graduate) – emission line diagnostics in Lyman-alpha nebulae

Dominic Hernandez (undergraduate) – galaxy colors in Lyman-alpha nebulae

Alex Jenkins (undergraduate) – astronomical image processing

Arthur Cox (undergraduate) – emission line diagnostics in a Lyman-alpha nebula



ASTR 1115G (formerly ASTR110G) – Introduction to Astronomy

ASTR 400 – Undergraduate Independent Research

ASTR 401 – Topics in Modern Astrophysics

ASTR 402 – Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques

ASTR 500 – Graduate Seminar

ASTR 555 – Galaxies I


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