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Ellingson, Erica

Assoc Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Dr. Ellingson's research includes multi-wavelength studies of galaxy cluster to map their galaxy, gas and dark matter distributions. Recent interdisciplinary work includes astronomical visualizations of Mayan codices and astronomical surveys of pre-Incan sites. She also serves as an astronomical consultant to the National Park Service and planetarium show producer on the astronomical practices of the Ancestral Puebloans.


  • extragalactic astronomy, observational astronomy, astronomy education, historical and cultural astronomy, skyscape archaeology


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courses taught

  • ASTR 2000 - Ancient Astronomies of the World
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Documents the numerous ways in which observational astronomy and cosmology have been features of ancient cultures. Includes naked eye astronomy, archaeoastronomy, ethnoastronomy, concepts of time, calendrics, cosmogony, and cosmology.
  • ASTR 6000 - Seminar in Astrophysics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Studies current research and research literature on an astrophysical topic. Students and faculty give presentations. Subjects vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours to meet candidacy requirements.


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