Catherine J. Grier

Post-Doctoral Scholar in Astronomy & Astrophysics

515A Davey Lab
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: +1 814-867-1281
Fax: +1 814-863-2842

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Catherine Grier

My research is aimed at improving supermassive black hole mass measurements, primarily in Type 1 Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), by investigating the structure of the broad line region and quasar outflows/winds. We use a method called reverberation mapping to do this, which uses AGN variability to probe the structure of the region from which we see broad emission lines. I have planned and carried out two major reverberation mapping campaigns based at MDM Observatory on Kitt Peak, and I am also interested in black hole-galaxy scaling relations in general. While my experience is primarily in optical spectroscopic observations, I also have experience and interest in working with X-ray and NIR data as well (see some publicity on my previous work using archival Chandra data!).