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Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Full time

Dr. Kimberly Herrmann

Dr. Herrmann is an observational astronomer who studies "nearby" galaxies, ones that are within about 30 million light years as opposed to ones that are billions of light years away.  Her thesis research was on using planetary nebulae (i.e., dying low mass stars) to probe the disk mass of nearby spiral galaxies (like our own Milky Way Galaxy).  More recently she has joined the LITTLE (Local Irregulars That Trace Luminosity Extremes) THINGS (The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey) international team studying how stars form in 41 nearby tiny galaxies.  Dr. Herrmann is studying a larger sample of 141 galaxies in up to 11 different wavelength regions, for a total of 775 profiles.  Dr. Herrmann loves participating in astronomy outreach and is looking forward to giving astronomy talks at local schools and for the general public as well as holding star parties on campus.


Most Recent Publications


Herrmann, K.A., Hunter, D.A., & Elmegreen, B.G., "Surface Brightness Profiles of Dwarf Galaxies: I. Profiles and Statistics," 2013, AJ, 146, 104-128


Herrmann, K.A., & Ciardullo, R., “Planetary Nebulae in Face-On Spiral Galaxies. III. Planetary Nebula Kinematics and Disk Mass,” 2009, ApJ, 705, 1686-1703


Herrmann, K.A., & Ciardullo, R., “Planetary Nebulae in Face-On Spiral Galaxies. II. Planetary Nebula Spectroscopy,” 2009, ApJ, 703, 894-904


Herrmann, K.A., Ciardullo, R., & Sigurdsson, S., “Kinematic Evidence for Halo Substructure in Spiral Galaxies,” 2009, ApJ, 693, L19-L22


Herrmann, K.A., Ciardullo, R., Feldmeier, J.J., & Vinciguerra, M., “Planetary Nebulae in Face-On Spiral Galaxies. I. Planetary Nebula Photometry and Distances,” 2008, ApJ, 683, 630-643




B.S. in Computational Physics, with highest distinction and honors, Pennsylvania State Erie, The Behrend College, 2002, Minors in Mathematics and Computer Science

 Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2008




E-mail address: kah259@psu.edu

Phone number: 717-749-6246
Office location: 307 Sci/Tech