Faculty Directory

Department Chair: Raja Guha Thakurta Department Manager: Abby Campbell Wong
Department Chair: Constance Rockosi Graduate Advisor: Lindsay Lauver
Undergraduate Program Director: Graeme Smith Administrative Assistant: position is vacant
Graduate Program: Brant Robertson Administrative Assistant, Astrobiology Institute: Deana Tanguay
Kevin A Bundy
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 361
    • ISB 361
  • Mail Stop UCO / Lick Observatory
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

I am the Principal Investigator for the Wide-Field Optical Spectrograph, one of the early-light instruments of the Thirty Meter Telescope.  I am also the founder and Principal Investigator of the ongoing MaNGA Survey (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory), one of three core surveys of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV project.

Research Interests

My work utilizes new "Big Data" survey programs combined with observations from premier telescopes to probe the physical processes responsible for the growth and evolution of galaxies over the last 10 billion years.  I am particularly interested in the mechanisms that shut down star formation in galaxies and modify their morphology.  A major theme of my work has also been charting galaxy mass assembly rates and discerning different pathways for galaxy growth.

Biography, Education and Training

Before moving to Santa Cruz, I was an Assitant Professor at the University of Tokyo's Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU).  I obtained my Ph.D. at Caltech in 2006 and then moved to a Reinhardt Fellowship at the U. of Toronto and a Hubble Fellowship at UC Berkeley.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Tinsley Visiting Scholar, UT Austin, 2014

Robert J. Trumpler Award, "for a recent PhD in North America considered unusually important to astronomy", 2009

Dorothea Klumpkea Roberts Prize, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, 2000

Teaching Interests

Galaxy evolution; Astronomical data analysis and methods; 2D spectroscopy