Physics and Astronomy Department
Rebecca Koopmann, professor, Physics and Astronomy

Rebecca A. Koopmann

Job Title
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Science & Engineering N310
Department/Program: Physics and Astronomy

Research interests

My research seeks to understand the physical parameters and processes that most influence the evolution of galaxies. I examine the gas and star formation properties of nearby galaxies, focusing particularly on galaxies in groups and clusters where evolution is likely to be accelerated by environmental effects.


I am a member of the ALFALFA Team, led by Riccardo Giovanelli and Martha Haynes at Cornell University. The ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) project uses the Arecibo Observatory 305-m telescope (shown at right) near Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to search for emission from neutral hydrogen (HI) in galaxies.

I am the leader of the NSF -funded Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, a consortium of 19 institutions participating in ALFALFA research. The program includes an Annual Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop at Arecibo Observatory. Check out the webpage of the seventh Arecibo workshop, held January 12-17, 2014. 

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Yale University; M.S., Yale University; B.S., Union College