Stephen E. Zepf

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Professor Stephen E. Zepf
Brief Bio - I am currently Professor and Associate Chair for Astronomy in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. I am also President of the Board of Directors for the SOAR Telescope, and recently received the University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013. In the last few years, I was on the National Academy Panel on the Galactic Neighborhood as part of the 2010 Decadal Survey for US Astronomy and Astrophysics. I was also a director of the Center for the Study of Cosmic Evolution at Michigan State for five years, and had the pleasure of co-chairing a program on globular clusters from Jan-Apr 2009 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. Before coming to MSU, I was at Yale University for four years as Asst. Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Astronomy Dept. Earlier, I was a Hubble Fellow at UC Berkeley and a postdoctoral fellow at Durham in the UK. I received my PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

Research Interests - My research is primarily in extragalactic astronomy, with a long-standing focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies. Much of my work in this area uses the properties of globular cluster systems of galaxies to test models of galaxy formation and evolution. I have recently also been working on black holes and neutron stars in extragalactic globular clusters. As a result, I am now working on a long review on "Black Holes in Globular Clusters" for Physics Reports . The paper trail tells the story more completely.

Research Group - None of this would be possible without my students, postdocs, and collaborators.

Teaching - Full list of courses taught

Publications SAO/NASA ADS compendium

Recent Links NAS Galactic Neighborhood Panel for the 2010 Decadal Survey
Center for the Study of Cosmic Evolution
KITP Globular Cluster Program