The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Matthew received his B.S. in Physics (minor in Mathematics) from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003, and his M.S. and PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He moved on to serve as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2011-2015, and then as a Faculty Fellow at Colby College from 2015-2016. He joined the MKI in August 2016 to work with Michael McDonald.
My research interests are fairly broad, with individual areas of interest briefly summarized below
giant arc statistics
UV, optical, and NIR spectroscopy
galaxy cluster astrophysics
star formation, massive stars and the properties of the interstellar medium at high redshift
South Pole Telescope Spectroscopic Follow-up Program I was previously responsible for running an NOAO survey program 11A-0038 (PI: Stubbs), which used Gemini/GMOS-South to acquire extensive optical spectroscopy of a large sample of South Pole Telescope galaxy clusters. Observations were conducted between 2011-2015, and the reduced data products have been released (link: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/SPT_Clusters) in conjunction with a journal article describing the program (Bayliss et al. 2016).