Sam E. Cutler

Sam E. Cutler

Astronomy PhD Student

Department of Astronomy

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


I am an Astronomy PhD student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am advised by Kate Whitaker and Mauro Giavalisco. I graduated with a BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut in 2019. In my research, I focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies via large photometric and spectroscopic surveys.

In the past, I have studied the relationship between galaxy structure, environment, and star formation through the creation of the COSMOS-DASH morphological catalog. I am currently working with photometry and source detection in the 3D-DASH survey, the successor to COSMOS-DASH. At the same time, I am also currently working on studying the different formation histories of the inner and outer parts of typical star-forming galaxies near cosmic noon using the Prospector code.

Outside of research, I am an active member in science outreach with UMass Astronomy, where we hope to make science accessible to the larger community and encourage interest in astronomy.

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  • Galaxy Evolution and Formation
  • Galaxy Structure and Morphology
  • Catalogs and Surveys
  • PhD in Astrophysics

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst (expected)

  • BS in Physics, 2019

    University of Connecticut



Recent Publications

Total Refereed: 1
As First Author: 1

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(2021). Diagnosing DASH: A Morphological Catalog for the COSMOS-DASH Survey. American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts.

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(2018). Examining High Redshift Rotation Curves and Dark Matter Profiles Outside the Local Universe. American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts.

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