Karin Sandstrom

Assistant Professor
University of California, San Diego
Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences

About Me

Email: kmsandstrom [at] ucsd.edu
Twitter: @karinsandstrom

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Updated August 2, 2015 A pdf version can be found here.
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Contact Information

Email kmsandstrom@ucsd.edu
Office Phone +1 858 246 0552
Post Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0424
La Jolla, CA 92093-0424

Research Interests


2009 University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. (Astrophysics)
Dissertation: "Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Dust in the Small Magellanic Cloud" (adviser: Alberto Bolatto)
2004 University of California, Berkeley
M.S. (Astrophysics)
2002 Harvard College
B.A. (Astronomy & Astrophysics), magna cum laude


2015-University of California, San Diego
Assistant Professor
2013–2015Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Bart J. Bok Postdoctoral Fellow
2011-2013Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
2009-2011Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Postdoctoral Researcher


2004-2008National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship
2002-2003University of California, Berkeley
The Berkeley Edge Professional Development Award
2002-2004University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
2003Harvard College
Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Undergraduate Thesis
2002Harvard College, Department of Astronomy
Leo Goldberg Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Grants Awarded as PI

2015-presentHubble Space Telescope Cycle 22312,695 USD
2011-2014Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt Grant83,662 EUR
2011-2013Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship156,042 EUR

Observing Time Awarded as PI

2015APEX (ESO P95A) - 34 hours
"The Supercam Large Magellanic Cloud Survey"
2015ARO 12m Telescope (2015A) - 11 hours
"Anchoring Herschel-FTS CO Ladders with CO(1-0) from the ARO 12-m"
2014Hubble Space Telescope (Cycle 22) - 54 orbits
"A New View of Dust at Low Metallicity: The First Maps of SMC Extinction Curves"
2014Atacama Large Millimeter Array (Cycle 2) - 3.1 hours
"Resolving Conversion Factor Variations in the Center of NGC 3351"
2014Very Large Array (2014B) - 98 hours
"The Dust-HI-Star Formation Connection Across the Local Universe"
2014ARO Submillimeter Telescope (2014B) - 82 hours
"Warm Molecular Gas in Nearby Galaxies Constrained by 13CO"
2014Very Large Array (2014A) - 56 hours
"The Dust-HI-Star Formation Connection Across the Local Universe"
2013SOFIA (Cycle 2) - 3.3 hours
"Spectrally Resolved [CII] Emission in M31: The Origin of [CII] from Metal-Rich Star-Forming Galaxies"
2011Herschel Space Observatory (OT2) - 34.7 hours
"[CII] Observations of the Unexplored Atomic Gas-Rich ISM in Nearby Galaxies"
2011Herschel Space Observatory (OT2) - 9.8 hours
"Hidden Dust in the Core-Collapse Supernova Remnant E0102"
2011ESO Very Large Telescope - 1.4 nights
"Understanding the Nature of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Small Magellanic Clouds with 3.3 micron Imaging"
2011Calar Alto 3.5m - 7 nights
"The Energy Budget of Massive Star Formation in Andromeda"
2010Herschel Space Observatory (OT1) - 47.1 hours
"ISM Heating and Cooling in Massive Galaxies: The Andromeda Galaxy as Fundamental Calibrator"
2009CARMA - 24 hours
"Picking up the Pieces of PAHs in NGC 7023"
2002Hubble Space Telescope - 1 orbit
"UV Spectroscopy of the Hot, He-Core White Dwarf in HR 1608"

Students Supervised

2011-2015Maria Kapala - PhD (July 2015)
International Max Planck Research School, University of Heidelberg


Spring 2016University of California, San Diego
Physics 224: Interstellar Medium
Winter 2015/16University of California, San Diego
Physics 7: Galaxies and Cosmology
2008University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Astronomy 122 "Infrared Laboratory"
2005University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Assistant for graduate level Astronomy 216 "Interstellar Medium"
2004University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Astronomy 149 "Planetary Astrophysics"
2003University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Astronomy 7a "Introductory Astrophysics"
2002 - 2003Prison University Program at San Quentin
Volunteered to teach physics, math and astronomy
2002 - 2003University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructor for Astronomy 10 "Introduction to General Astronomy"

Professional Talks — Invited

2015 DecSpace Telescope Science InstituteColloquium (scheduled)
2015 NovUniversity of California, BerkeleyColloquium (scheduled)
2015 JunePasadena, CAInvited talk at "Far IR Surveyor Workshop"
2015 AprMITColloquium
2015 MarESO SantiagoInvited talk at " Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far: High Resolution Views of Star Formation and the ISM"
2015 MarUniversity of TorontoColloquium
2015 MarUniversity of Colorado, BoulderColloquium
2014 DecUniversity of California, Los AngelesColloquium
2014 NovSOFIA Science CenterColloquium
2014 OctNRAO CharlottesvilleColloquium
2014 OctUniversity of Wisconsin, MadisonColloquium
2014 SepKuching, MalaysiaInvited Review talk at "The Role of Hydrogen in the Evolution of Galaxies"
2014 MayNASA GoddardInvited talk at " Community Workshop to Plan the Future of Far-Infrared Space Astrophysics"
2014 AprCaltechTea Talk
2014 AprKITP, Santa Barbara, CAInvited talk at "Fire Down Below: The Impact of Feedback on Star and Galaxy Formation"
2014 AprNRAO SocorroColloquium
2014 MarLowell ObservatoryColloquium
2014 FebSteward Observatory/NOAOColloquium
2014 JanUniversity of Texas, AustinColloquium
2014 JanUniversity of California, San DiegoColloquium
2013 NovUniversity of ToledoColloquium
2013 OctITA, HeidelbergBlackboard Colloquium
2013 MarSan Francisco State UniversityColloquium
2013 MarUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel HillColloquium
2013 FebMPIA HeidelbergFachbeirat Panel Review talk
2012 JunePrinceton, NJInvited talk at "The Great Andromeda Galaxy Workshop"
2011 SepESO SantiagoColloquium
2010 NovITA, HeidelbergColloquium
2009 MarCornell UniversityColloquium

Professional Talks — Other

2014 MarESO Garching, Munich, GermanyContributed talk at "Gas and Stars in Galaxies: A Multi-Wavelength 3d Perspective"
2014 JanNational Harbor, MDContributed talk at 223rd AAS Meeting
2013 JuneRingberg Castle, GermanyContributed talk at "The Regulation of Star Formation in Molecular Gas"
2013 MarPasadena, CAContributed talk at "Infrared and Sub-mm Probes of Gas in Galaxies"
2013 FebLorentz Center, Leiden, NetherlandsContributed talk at "C+ as an Astronomical Tool"
2012 JulyHeidelberg, GermanyContributed talk at "Galactic Scale Star Formation"
2012 MayMPIA, Heidelberg, GermanyContributed talk at "Disc Galaxy Formation in a Cosmological Context"
2011 JuneParis, FranceContributed talk at "From Dust to Galaxies"
2011 FebLorentz Center, Leiden, NetherlandsContributed talk at "Herschel and the Characteristics of Dust in Galaxies"
2011 JanSeattle, WAContributed talk at the 217th AAS Meeting
2010 JulyOxford, United KingdomContributed talk at "Molecules in Galaxies"
2010 JuneToulouse, FranceContributed talk at "PAHs and the Universe"
2010 AprGainesville, FLContributed talk at "From Stars to Galaxies"
2010 FebHeidelberg, GermanyContributed talk at "Infrared Emission, ISM and Star Formation"
2010 DecNRAO SocorroWednesday Lunch Seminar
2010 DecUniversity of Maryland, College ParkLaboratory for Millimeter-Wave Astronomy Seminar
2009 MarUniversity of California, BerkeleyStar Formation and ISM Seminar
2009 JanLong Beach, CADissertation talk at the 213th AAS Meeting
2008 DecNASA GoddardStellar and Extragalactic Lunch Talk
2008 JulyKeele, United KingdomContributed talk at "IAU Symposium 256: The Magellanic System"
2007 JanSeattle, WAContributed talk at the 209th AAS Meeting
2002 JanWashington, DCContributed talk at the 199th AAS Meeting

Professional Service

2015 JuneCo-chair for Nearby Galaxies Working Group for the "Far IR Surveyor Workshop"
2015 MayReviewer for NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Grants
2014 DecCo-Organizer of "Observations of Dust in Galaxies" Workshop in Tucson, AZ
2013 JulyCo-Organizer of "The Phases of the ISM" Conference in Heidelberg, Germany
2012 - presentScience Coordinator for KINGFISH Herschel Key Program
2012Reviewer for NASA Astrophysics Data Analysis Program
2011 - presentReferee for ApJ, MNRAS and A\&A


2012 JulyVolunteer for MPIA Open House
2012 AprVolunteer for MPIA Girl's Day
2010Volunteer for "Astronomie am Sonntag Vormittag"
2008-2009Founder and Organizer of "Berkeley Astronomy Grad Student Public Lecture Series"
2007Columnist for the Berkeley Science Review, Issue 13
2004-presentPublic Lectures (15+) for various groups, most recently Steward Observatory Public Lecture series (Nov 2014), Space Draughts (July 2014), and Green Valley Astronomy Lecture (Feb 2015)
2003-2007Monthly Column "Notes from the Field" for the Friends of Galileo Newsletter
2002-2012Annual Public Lecture for Friends of Galileo astronomy club in Longview, WA