Jacqueline van Gorkom

Professor, Columbia University

Galactic Neighborhoods: How galaxies are influenced by their surroundings

Abstract: Galaxies are like people. Ones that grow up in the suburbs tend to be different from those that are raised in the city. Moreover, just like people, they can change dramatically when they move from one place to another. I will discuss the different evolutionary paths of galaxies in different environments and the trauma they experience upon moving into a large metropolis, i.e., a dense cluster of galaxies.