Erin Hicks

Erin Hicks

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy


  • Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • M.S., Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
  • B.S., Physics, Minors in Astronomy and Mathematics, Washington State University, 1999

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ASTR A103 Solar System Astronomy
  • ASTR A103L Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
  • PHYS A498 Individual Research

Professional & Department Service

  • Director of UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater

Research Interests

Galaxy formation and evolution, including the role of black holes in galaxy evolution, fueling of active galactic nuclei (AGN), feedback from AGN, dynamics and physical properties of high redshift galaxies, evolution of galaxy scaling relations with redshift, n-body simulations, adaptive optics and integral field spectroscopy.


Full publication list from ADS can be found here.

Selected Publications:

Davies, R.I., Maciejewski, W., Hicks, E.K.S., Emsellem, E., Erwin, P., Burtscher, L., Dumas, G., Lin, M., Malkan, M., Muller-Sanchez, F., Orban de Xivry, G., Rosario, D.J. & Schnorr-Mueller, A. (2014). Fueling AGN-II: Spatially Resolved Molecular Inflows and Outflows. The Astrophysical Journal, 792(2), 101. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/792/2/101

Forster Schreiber, N., Genzel, R., Newman, S.F.,..., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2014). The Sins/zC-Sinf Survey of z~2 Galaxy Kinematics: Evidence for Powerful Active Galactic Nucleus-Driven Nuclear Outflows in Massive Star-Forming Galaxies. The Astrophysical Journal, 787(1), 38.  doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/787/1/38

Hicks, E.K.S., Davies, R.I., Maciejewski, W., Emsellem, E., Malkan, M.A., Dumas, G., Muller-Sanchez, F. & Rivers, A. (2013). Fueling AGN-I: How the Global Characteristics of the Central Kiloparsec of Seyferts differ from Quiescent Galaxies. The Astrophysical Journal, 768(2), 107. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/768/2/107

Newman, S.F., Genzel, R., Forster Schreiber, N.,..., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2012). The SINS/zC-SINF Survey of z~2 Galaxy Kinematics: Outflow Properties. The Astrophysical Journal, 761(1), 43. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/761/1/43

Mancini, C., Forster Schreiber, N.M., Renzini, A., Cresci, G., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2011). The zCOSMOS-SINFONI Project. I. Sample Selection and Natural-seeing Observations. The Astrophysical Journal, 743(1), 86. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/743/1/86

Muller-Sanchez, F., Prieto, M.A., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2011). Outflows from Active Galactic Nuclei: Kinematics of the Narrow-line and Coronal-line Regions in Seyfert Galaxies. The Astrophysical Journal, 739(2), 69. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/739/2/69

Engel, H., Davies, R.I., Genzel, R., Tacconi, L.J., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2010). NGC 6240: merger-induced star formation and gas dynamics. A&A, 524(A56), 17. doi:

Friedrich, S., Davies, R.I., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2010). Adaptive optics near infrared integral field spectroscopy of NGC 2992. A&A, 519(A79), 9. doi:

Hicks, E.K.S., Davies, R.I., Malkan, M.A., Genzel, R., Tacconi, L.J., Muller-Sanchez, F. & Sternberg, A. (2009). The Role of Molecular Gas in Obscuring Seyfert Active Galactic Nuclei.  The Astrophysical Journal, 696(1), 448. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/696/1/448

Cresci, G., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2009). The SINS Survey: Modeling the Dynamics of z~2 Galaxies and the High-z Tully-Fisher Relation. The Astrophysical Journal, 697(1), 115. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/697/1/115 

Davies, R., Maciejewski, W., Hicks, E.K.S., Tacconi, L.J., Genzel, R., Engel, H. & Sternberg, A. (2009). Stellar and Molecular Gas Kinematics of NGC 1097: Inflow Driven by a Nuclear Spiral. The Astrophysical Journal, 702(1), 114. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/702/1/114

Forster Schreiber, N.M., Genzel, R., Bouche, N., Cresci, G., Davies, R., Buschkamp, P., Shapiro, K., Tacconi, L.J., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2009). The SINS Survey: SINFONI Integral Field Spectroscopy of z~2 Star-Forming Galaxies*. The Astrophysical Journal, 706(2), 1364. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/76/2/1364

Hicks, E.K.S. & Malkan, M.A. (2008). Circumnuclear Gas in Seyfert 1 Galaxies: Morphology, Kinematics, and Direct Measurement of Black Hole Masses. The Astrophysical Journal, 174(1), 31. doi: 10.1086/521650

Hicks, E.K.S., Malkan, M.A., Teplitz, H.I., McCarthy, P.J. & Yan, L. (2002). The Astrophysical Journal, 581(1), 205. doi: 10.1086/344224

Career History/Work Experience

  • 2010-2013: University of Washington, NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2006-2009: Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany, Postdoctoral Fellow
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