Nicole M. Silvestri, Research Associate

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Last updated: May 12, 2009.

Contact Information

Email: nms@astro
Office : C325
Phone : 206.543.9487
Fax : 206.685.0403
GTalk : nmkelly21

Dept. of Astronomy
University of Washington
Box 351580
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

Shipping Address:
3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1580

About Me

I am an observational astronomer specializing in the evolution of binary systems, primarily those comrised of a low mass star and a white dwarf. I arrived at UW for my first post-doc position in January 2003 to work with Dr. Suzanne Hawley, after completing my dissertation work at the Florida Institute of Technology under Dr. Terry Oswalt.

My work focuses on the properties of M dwarf stars in close binary systems with white dwarf companions found spectroscopically in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This work was an extension of my dissertation work, which focused primarily on the properties of M dwarf stars, such as chromospheric activity and age, in wide, common proper motion binary (CPMB) systems with white dwarf companions, first discovered by W. Luyten (1963). The publications resulting from this work can be found through the publications link at the right.

In addition to my research, I work with SSG member Andy Becker and Russell Owen, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Connolly, as part of the Large Synoptic Survey's Data Management team at UW. My primary responsibilities involve the development and support of the software for the image processing pipelines for the LSST, UML and our SSG webpages. You can read in more detail about UW's involvement in LSST on our SSG LSST links.

Current Research Interests

Below, I list the current research projects I have underway at the University of Washington. I give a brief description of each project here, but you can read more about the details of these projects on our Research Pages under Variable Stars.

Future Survey Science Research

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