Erin Hicks, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Hicks
Chair & 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. (2008). Circumnuclear Gas in Seyfert 1 Galaxies: Morphology, Kinematics, and Direct Measurement of Black Hole Masses

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