Laura Parker
Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Laura Parker is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an observational astronomer and her research group is interested in questions related to galaxy evolution and observational cosmology. In particular, using data from ground- and space-based observatories, she is trying to understand the mechanisms driving galaxy transformation over cosmic time. Her group is also interested in understanding the connection between galaxy properties and the properties of the environments in which they are found, including the relationship between galaxies and their host dark matter halos.

Her research is funded by the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada. Dr. Parker received the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award in 2013 and the John C. Polanyi Prize for Physics in 2009. She has served in many research-related leadership roles, including chairing the Gemini Observatory Science and Technology Committee and the Joint Canadian Space Astronomy Committee.
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