Liese van Zee

Liese van Zee

Professor, Astronomy


  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.S., Astronomy, Cornell University, 1994
  • B.S., Astronomy and Chemistry, Haverford College, 1991

Research interests

Professor van Zee is working on several projects related to understanding the links between star formation, elemental enrichment, and gas distribution and kinematics in star forming galaxies. Her work focuses on both the star formation history and evolution of dwarf galaxies (including stellar population models and regulatory mechanisms for star formation) as well as the elemental enrichment of spiral and irregular galaxies.

About Liese van Zee

Professor van Zee has been on the IU Astronomy faculty since 2001. She received a B.S. in Astronomy and Chemistry from Haverford College in 1991, an M.S. in Astronomy in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from Cornell University. She was a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO-Socorro and a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics.

Selected publications

Baryonic distributions in galaxy dark matter haloes - II. Final results, Richards, E. E., van Zee, L., Barnes, K. L., Staudaher, S., Dale, D. A., Braun, T. T., Wavle, D. C., Dalcanton, J. J., Bullock, J. S., Chandar, R. 2018, MNRAS, 476, 5127.

Spectrum Management and the Impact of RFI on Science Sensors, Cruz-Pol, S., van Zee, L. et al. 2018, 2018 IEEE 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (Microrad).

Views of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Agenda Items of Interest to the Science Services at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 CORF, 2017, National Academies Press.

Photometric Detection of Multiple Populations in Globular Clusters Using Integrated Light, Bowman, W. P., Pilachowski, C. A., van Zee, L., Winans, A., Ciardullo, R., Gronwall, C. 2017, AJ, 154, 131.

Constraining the Stellar Populations and Star Formation Histories of Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxies with SED Fits, Janowiecki, S., Salzer, J. J., van Zee, L., Rosenberg, J. L., Skillman, E. 2017, ApJ, 836, 128.

Neutral hydrogen and magnetic fields in M83 observed with the SKA Pathfinder KAT-7, Heald, G. et al. 2016, MNRAS, 462, 1238.

Baryonic Distributions in Galaxy Dark Matter Haloes I: New Observations of Neutral and Ionized Gas Kinematics, Richards, E. van Zee, L., Barnes, K.L., Staudaher, S., Dale, D.A. et al., 2016, MNRAS, 460, 689.

Radial Star Formation Histories in 15 Nearby Galaxies, Dale, D. A. et al. 2016, AJ, 151, 4.

Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses: Second Edition, CORF, 2015, The National Academies Press.

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Recent courses

  • The Art of Astronomy (A107)
  • General Astronomy I (A221)
  • General Astronomy II (A222)
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics (A452)
  • Structure and Evolution of Galaxies (A575)