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Fifth Annual GMT Community Science Meeting

Chemical Evolution of the Universe

Sponsored by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization

September 17–20, 2017
Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, Tarrytown, NY


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This meeting will bring observers, modelers, and theorists from around the world together to discuss the chemical evolution of the Universe across the entire sweep of cosmic history, with an eye toward the progress enabled by the coming ELTs.  Topics will include:

  • the birth of the first stars,
  • the formation of the first galaxies,
  • the formation and growth of supermassive black holes,
  • galaxies at the peak of star formation in the universe,
  • studies of DLAs, the ISM, IGM, and CGM,
  • studies of resolved stellar populations and metal-poor stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies

The meeting program will encourage workshop-style discussion at a beautiful retreat in the Hudson Valley, 30 min from New York City.

Invited Speakers

Tom Abel, Stanford University
Eduardo Bañados Torres, Carnegie Observatories
Danielle Berg, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rebecca Bernstein, GMTO
Fuyan Bian, Australian National University
Rebecca Bowler, University of Oxford
Lise Christensen, European Southern Observatory
Ryan Cooke, Durham University
Steven Finkelstein, University of Texas
Anna Frebel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jenny Greene, Princeton University
Myoungwon Jeon, Steward Observatory

Sean Johnson, Princeton University
Intae Jung, University of Texas
Jorge Melendez, Universidade de São Paulo
Melissa Ness, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Casey Papovich, Texas A&M
Jane Rigby, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Julia Roman-Duval, Space Telescope Science Institute
Gwen Rudie, Carnegie Observatories
Joop Schaye, Universiteit Leiden
Else Starkenberg,
Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam
Paul Torrey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mark Vogelsberger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Coral Wheeler, California Institute of Technology
Emily Wisnioski,
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
David Yong, Australian National University
Jabran Zahid, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Sunday, September 17

Welcome Reception

7:00 – 10:00 pm    Reception

Cosmic Dawn

Monday, September 18


8:00 – 8:15 am       Logistics
8:15 – 8:45 am       The Giant Magellan Telescope—Rebecca Bernstein

Session 1: First Stars
Session Chair: Casey Papovich

8:45 – 9:10 am        Invited talk (20+5) Else Starkenberg
9:10 – 9:35 am        Invited talk (20+5) David Yong
9:35 – 9:50 am        Contributed talk (10+5) Evan Scannapieco
9:50 – 10:05 am      Contributed talk (10+5) Jinmi Yoon
10:05 – 10:20 am     Contributed talk (10+5) Kevin Schlaufman

10:20 – 10:50 am    Coffee and Poster Viewing

Session 2A: First Galaxies
Session Chair: Rebecca Bowler

10:50 – 11:15 am     Invited talk (20+5) Eduardo Banados Torres      
11:15 – 11:40 am      Invited talk (20+5) Steven Finkelstein         
11:40 – 11:55 pm     Contributed talk (10+5) Intae Jung       
11:55 – 12:05 pm     Rapid Poster Talks 1

12:00 – 1:30 pm      Lunch Provided

1:30 – 3:00 pm        Free Time

Session 2B: First Galaxies (cont.)
Session Chair: Mark Vogelsberger

3:00 – 3:25 pm        Invited talk (20+5) Tom Abel             
3:25 – 3:50 pm        Invited talk (20+5) Rebecca Bowler        
3:50 – 4:05 pm       Contributed talk (10+5) Eli Visbal
4:05 – 4:20 pm       Contributed talk (10+5) Livia Vallini

4:20 – 4:50 pm       Coffee and Poster Viewing

Session 3: DLAs
Session Chair: Gwen Rudie

4:50 – 5:15 pm        Invited talk (20+5) Lise Christensen        
5:15 – 5:40 pm        Invited talk (20+5) Ryan Cooke             
5:40 – 5:55 pm       Contributed talk (10+5) Varsha Kulkarni

6:00 – 9:00 pm      Dinner Provided

Cosmic Noon

Tuesday, September 17


Session 4: CGM/IGM
Session Chair: Hsiao-Wen Chen

8:00 – 8:25 am       Invited talk (20+5) Gwen Rudie                    
8:25 – 8:50 am       Invited talk (20+5) Sean Johnson         
8:50 – 9:05 am       Contributed talk (10+5) Ting-Wen Lan
9:05 – 9:20 am       Contributed talk (10+5) Tim Heckman
9:20 – 9:30 am       Rapid Poster Talks 2

9:30 – 10:00 am    Coffee and Poster Viewing

Session 5A: Galaxies
Session Chair: Molly Peeples

10:00 – 10:25 am    Invited talk (20+5)  Paul Torrey         
10:25 – 10:50 am    Invited talk (20+5)  Joop Schaye         
10:50 – 11:15 am     Invited talk (20+5)  Mark Vogelsberger        
11:15 – 11:30 am     Contributed talk (10+5)  Anshu Gupta         
11:30 – 11:45 am     Contributed talk  (10+5)  J.K. Barrera-Ballesteros    
11:45 – 12:00 pm    Contributed talk  (10+5)  Stephanie Juneau

12:00 – 1:30 pm      Lunch Provided

1:30 – 2:30 pm        Free Time

Session 5B:  Galaxies (cont.)
Session Chair: Mike Gladders

2:30 – 2:55 pm      Invited talk (20+5)  Jane Rigby     
2:55 – 3:20 pm      Invited talk (20+5) Fuyan Bian    
3:20 – 3:35 pm      Contributed talk (10+5)  Peter Senchyna         
3:35 – 3:50 pm      Contributed talk  (10+5) Ayan Acharyya
3:50 – 4:00 pm      Rapid Poster Talks 3

4:00 – 4:30 pm      Coffee and Poster Viewing

Session 5C:  Galaxies (cont.)
Session Chair:  Jane Rigby

4:30 – 4:55 pm      Invited talk (20+5)  Jenny Greene         
4:55 – 5:20 pm      Invited talk (20+5) Jabran Zahid        
5:20 – 5:35 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Matthew Colless
5:35 – 5:50 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Guillermo Blanc

6:00 – 9:00 pm     Banquet Dinner

Lessons from the
Local Universe

Wednesday, September 20


Session 6A: The Local Universe
Session Chair: Josh Simon

8:00 – 8:25 am      Invited talk (20+5)  Myoungwon Jeon
8:25 – 8:50 am      Invited talk (20+5)  Danielle Berg         
8:50 – 9:15 am       Invited talk (20+5)  Melissa Ness         
9:15 – 9:30 am       Contributed talk (10+5) Natalie Price-Jones
9:30 – 9:55 am       Invited talk (20+5) Anna Frebel
9:55 – 10:05 am     Rapid Poster Talks 4

10:05 – 10:30 am    Coffee and Poster Viewing

Session 6B: The Local Universe (cont.)
Session Chair: Anna Frebel

10:30 – 10:55 am     Invited talk (20+5) Julia Roman-Duval     
10:55 – 11:20 am      Invited talk (20+5)  Coral Wheeler      
11:20 – 11:45 am       Invited talk (20+5) Jorge Melendez     
11:45 – 12:00 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Asa Skuladottir
12:00 – 12:15 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Ivanna Escala
12:15 – 12:30 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Fan Liu
12:30 – 12:45 pm      Contributed talk (10+5) Daniel Q Nagasawa
12:45 – 1:15 pm        Meeting summary—Casey Papovich

A box lunch will be provided.

End of Meeting


Travel & Accommodations


GMTO has secured a block of rooms for our meeting attendees at the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson. Reservations are made directly with Tarrytown House Estate via the conference registration form. The cut-off date for room reservations is August 27, 2017. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space-available basis and will not be able to take advantage of the conference rate.


The conference site is located just 25 miles outside of New York City, convenient to three major international airports with excellent public transportation. See the Tarrytown House “Location & Directions” Web site for more details.


The Banquet Dinner will be held at the conference venue on Tuesday evening.


Partial travel reimbursement may be provided for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. When travel support is offered, it is based on an estimate of the airfare from the city of origin. Attendees who are offered support will be notified after they register.


With the help of Tarrytown House, we have also put together a list of local sights and diversions. Tarrytown is close to New York City, which has a wide variety of things to do. Some, such as the Staten Island ferry, provide beautiful views of the city and the Statue of Liberty from the water at little cost.

Please download our list here.



Lisa Kewley, Australian National University (co-chair)
Mike Gladders, University of Chicago (co-chair)
Martin Asplund, Australian National University
Hsiao-Wen Chen, University of Chicago
Anna Frebel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jenny Greene, Princeton University
Casey Papovich, Texas A&M
Molly Peeples, Space Telescope Science Institute
Jane Rigby, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Josh Simon, Carnegie Observatories
Dan Stark, University of Arizona
Michele Trenti, Univ. of Melbourne
Mark Vogelsberger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jessica Werk, University of Washington

Meeting Participants

Tom Abel, KIPAC / Stanford University
Ayan Acharyya, Australian National University
Susmitha Rani Antony, Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Eduardo Banados, Carnegie Observatories
Jorge Barrera Ballesteros, Johns Hopkins University
Danielle Berg, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Rebecca Bernstein, GMTO & Carnegie Observatories
Fuyan Bian, Australian National University
Rebecca Bowler, University of Oxford
Alyson Brooks, Rutgers University
Prerak Chapagain, Australian Astronomical Observatory
Hsiao-Wen Chen, The University of Chicago
Ena Choi, Columbia University
Yumi Choi, University of Arizona
Lise Christensen, Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Matthew Colless, Australian National University
Adam Contos, GMTO
Ryan Cooke, Durham University
Jared Coughlin, University of Notre Dame
Jeff Crane, Carnegie Observatories
Vanesa Díaz, Universidad de Concepción
Alan Dressler, Carnegie Observatories
Andrew Emerick, Columbia University
Ivanna Escala, California Institute of Technology
Vicente Estrada-Carpenter, Texas A&M University
James Fanson, GMTO
Md Manzur Rahman Farazi, Marquette University
Jose Gregorio Fernandez-Trincado, University of Concepcion
Steven Finkelstein, University of Texas at Austin
Anna Frebel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paola Garcia, GMTO- Volunteer
Marla Geha, Yale University
Mike Gladders, The University of Chicago
Bob Goodrich, GMTO
Jenny Greene, Princeton
Anshu Gupta, Australian National University
Md Kamrul Hasan, Marquette University
Timothy Heckman, Johns Hopkins University
Richard Henry, University of Oklahoma
Shingo Hirano, University of Texas
Saqib Hussain, University of Sao Paulo
Narae Hwang, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI)
Buell Jannuzi, University of Arizona/Steward Observatory
Damien Jemison, GMTO
Myoungwon Jeon, Steward Observatory
Alexander Ji, Carnegie Observatories
Sean Johnson, Princeton University & Carnegie Observatories
Stephanie Juneau, NOAO
Intae Jung, The University of Texas at Austin
Atul Kedia, University Of Notre Dame
Amanda Kocz, GMTO
Varsha Kulkarni, University of South Carolina
Ting-Wen Lan, Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo
Ho-Gyu Lee, KASI
Duane Lee, MIT
Fan Liu, Lund University
Vivek Mariappan, University of Utah
Courtney McGahee, Appalachian State University
Jorge Melendez, Universidade de Sao Paulo
Rafael Millan-Gabet, GMTO
Daniel Nagasawa, Texas A&M University
Melissa Ness, MPIA
Camila Olave, Universidad de Concepción
Kaike Pan, Apache Point Observatory/NMSU
Casey Papovich, Texas A&M University
Byeong-Gon Park, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Molly Peeples, Space Telescope Science Institute
Vinicius Placco, University of Notre Dame
Natalie Price-Jones, University of Toronto
María José Rain, Universidad de Concepción
Michael Rauch, OCIW
Jane Rigby, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Amber Roberts, Carnegie Observatories
Julia Roman-Duval, Space Telescope Science Institute
Gwen Rudie, Carnegie Observatories
Karla Russell, GMTO
Jullian Santos, Universidade de São Paulo-IAG
Nishanth Sasankan, University Of Notre Dame
Evan Scannapieco, Arizona State University
Joop Schaye, Leiden Observatory
Jose Schiappacasse Ulloa, Universidad de Concepción
Kevin Schlaufman, Johns Hopkins University
Marja Seidel, Carnegie Observatories
Peter Senchyna, University of Arizona / Steward Observatory
Robert Simcoe, MIT
Josh Simon, Carnegie Observatories
Asa Skuladottir, MPIA, Heidelberg
Else Starkenburg, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Mengtao Tang, Steward Observatory, the University of Arizona
Paul Torrey, MIT
Livia Vallini, Nordita (KTH & Stockholm University)
Eli Visbal, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation
Mark Vogelsberger, MIT
Coral Wheeler, Caltech
David Yong, Australian National University
Jinmi Yoon, University of Notre Dame
In-Soo Yuk, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Harus Zahid, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Joaquin Zamponi, Universidad de Concepción