Travis Rector, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Rector
Department of Physics & Astronomy
(907) 786-1242


  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1998
  • M.S., Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1995
  • B.S., Physics, Trinity University, 1992

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ASTR A103 Solar System Astronomy
  • ASTR A104 Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
  • ASTR A365 Astrobiology
  • PHYS A123 Basic Physics I

Research Interests

  • Astronomy Education Research
  • Blazars (BL Lac Objects)
  • Multiwavelength Observational Techniques
  • Cataclysmic Variables
  • Young Stellar Objects in Star-forming Regions
  • Imagery and Visualization of Research Data


Full Publication List Available Here

Recent Publications:

Puckett, Andrew W.Rector, Travis A.Baalke, RonAjiki, Osamu (2016). OrbitMaster: An Online Tool for Investigating Solar System Dynamics and Visualizing Orbital Uncertainties in the Undergraduate Classroom. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227, id.328.09

Hoette, Vivian L.Puckett, Andrew W.;...Rector, Travis A.; et al. (2015). Contextual Student Learning through Authentic Asteroid Research Projects using a Robotic Telescope Network. American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #47, id.219.21

Jaeger, M.Prosperi, E.Vollmann, W.;...Rector, T. A.; et al. (2015). 2015 SZ. Minor Planet Electronic Circ., No.2015-S66

Shafter, A. W.Henze, M.Rector, T. A.Schweizer, F.Hornoch, K.Orio, M.Pietsch, W.Darnley, M. J.Williams, S. C.Bode, M. F.Bryan, J. (2015). Recurrent Novae in M31. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, Volume 216, Issue 2, article id. 34, 35 pp

Lauber, StephanieRector, Travis A.Shafter, Allen W. (2015). New Nova Candidates from the RSBE M31 Nova Survey. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #225, id.344.01

Huang, Ya-FangLi, Jin-ZengRector, Travis A.Fan, Zhou (2014). Investigation of star formation toward the Sharpless 155 H II region. Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 14, Issue 10, article id. 1269-1278

Shafter, Allen W.Rector, T. A.Schweizer, F.Bryan, J. (2014). Identification of Recurrent Novae in M31. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #223, id.154.09

Meech, K. J.Yang, B.Keane, J.Ansdell, M.Riesen, T.Kleyna, J.Hsieh, H.Mottola, S.Kuhrt, E.Chiang, H.Reipurth, B.Michaud, P.Rector, T. (2013). Development of Activity in Comet C/2012 S1 ISON. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013, abstract #P24A-01

Howell, S. B.Rector, T. A.Walter, D. (2013) Erratum. 
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 125, issue 932, pp.1285-1286

Meech, Karen J.Yang, B.Keane, J. V.Ansdell, M.Riesen, T. E.Kleyna, J.Hsieh, H.Mottola, S.Kuehrt, E.Chiang, H.Reipurth, B.Milani, G.Bryssinck, E.;Michaud, P.Rector, T. (2013) Development of Activity in Comet C/2012 S1 ISON. American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #45, id.407.03

Howell, Steve B.Rector, Travis A.Walter, Donald (2013). Optical Spectroscopy at Deep Light Minimum of R Coronae Boreali. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Pacific, Volume 125, Issue 930, pp. 879-888 (2013)

Wooten, MichelleRector, T. A.Puckett, A. W.Coble, K. A. (2013) What Non-science Majors Gain from Participating in Authentic Scientific Research: The Results from a Decade-long Assessment Program. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #222, id.120.12

Huang, Ya FangZeng Li, JinRector, Travis A.Mallamaci, Carlos C. (2013). Efficient Selection and Classification of Infrared Excess Emission Stars Based on AKARI and 2MASS Data. The Astronomical Journal, Volume 145, Issue 5, article id. 126, 9 pp.

Rector, T. A.Schweiker, H. (2013). A Search for Herbig-Haro Objects in NGC 7023 and Barnard 175. The Astronomical Journal, Volume 145, Issue 2, article id. 35, 4 pp.

Rector, Travis A.Walentosky, M. J.Pilachowski, C. A.RBSE Nova Search Team (2013). A Uniform Catalog of Novae in M31. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #221, id.148.09

Krok, MichelleRector, T.Young, M. J. (2012). Measuring Student Understanding of the Process of Scientific Research through Three Modes of Assessment. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, id.134.05

Fabbiano, G.Brogan, C.Calzetti, D.Djorgovski, S. G.Eskridge, P.Ivezic, Z.Feigelson, E.Goodman, A.Madore, B.Postman, M.Soderberg, A.Rector, T. (2011). Recommendations of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) Science Council for the VAO second year activity. eprint arXiv:1108.4348

Rector, Travis A.Krok, M.Young, M. (2011). Measuring Student Gains in Understanding the Process of Scientific Research. American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, id.215.06; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43,

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