“Astronomy is a science which, at the most basic level, tries to answer existential questions such as how do we fit in, where do we come from ? The reason you may want to consider Extragalactic astronomy for a PhD is that it explores the growth and evolution of structure in the Universe.” — Associate Professor Misty Bentz
Dr. Michael Crenshaw studies supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies that are actively feeding on their surroundings. He is an expert on winds of ionized gas moving outward at speeds of thousands of kilometers per second, which affect the growth and evolution of the black holes and their galaxies.
Dr. Misty Bentz is an expert in determining the masses of black holes using their strong gravitational signatures on the stars and gas around them. She also studies the symbiotic relationship between supermassive black holes and the galaxies in which they live.