Dr. Erin Hicks

Erin Hicks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
(907) 786-7764


  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.
Friedrich, S., Davies, R.I., Hicks, E.K.S., et al. (2010). Adaptive optics near infrared integral field spectroscopy of NGC 2992.
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.
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.
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*.
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