Astronomy

At Keck, 2006

I am a PhD astronomer, working on galaxy evolution and extragalactic surveys.

Astronomy is much more than a job for me. It is actually my passion since when I was a child. One summer, my father equipped his catadioptric 500mm lens with an eyepiece and pointed it to Saturn. Then was when I decided I would become an Astronomer. I think I was probably ten years old, or even younger.

I studied at the  Astronomy Department of the Padova University, where I completed both my Master and PhD degrees. Through the years I have worked at The Astronomy Department and Observatory in Padova; at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) of the University of California San Diego; and at the Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching bei München. I am currently in "sabbathical and family time", prefectioning and developing some old projects and ideas, and visitor scientist at the Zagreb Physics Department.

My interests are related to the classical questions of galaxy evolution and formation. They span from the build up of the stellar content in galaxies, all the way to they possible AGN component, passing through their dust and gas budget. I was and am part of major infrared and multi-wavelength surveys and consortia, such as SWIRE (Spitzer), PEP (Herschel), COSMOS.

I have handled optical, near-IR, mid-IR, far-IR data, imagiing and spectroscopy. I am familiar with ISO, Spitzer, Herschel data and surveys. In these pages dedicated to astronomy, you can find details on my own research, as well as some other useful tools.