Debra M. Elmegreen

Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair

Dr. Elmegreen teaches introductory and advanced courses on astronomy. Her research interests include star formation, the structure of spiral and interacting galaxies, and galaxy evolution. She observes in optical, near-infrared, and radio wavelengths in the local and high redshift universe. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Astronomical Society, and winner of the AAS George van Biesbroeck Prize for service to astronomy. She is President of the International Astronomical Union.

BA, Princeton University; MA, PhD, Harvard University
At Vassar since 1985


Sanders Physics
Box 278

Research and Academic Interests

Star Formation
Galaxy Evolution

Departments and Programs

In the Media

Kiso 5639 is a dwarf galaxy with a burst of star formation from infalling gas, observed with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Debra Elmegreen, Professor and Chair of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, was quoted in a Science story about the mapping of a distant Milky Way outpost. October 13, 2017


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Debra M. Elmegreen
M. Zamani (IAU)
Debra M. Elmegreen
Walter Garschagen