Complete CV is available as a .pdf here [last updated 07 Mar 2019]
Ph.D: Astrophysics. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 2014
"Gas flows in interacting galaxies: a multiwavelength study". Supervisor: Sara L. Ellison
Bachelor of Arts: Physics with Astronomy Emphasis (Honors) & French and Francophone Studies. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2009
Internships & Work Experience
Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 2017 - present
Research Fellow, University of Sussex, Astronomy Centre, Department of Physics & Astronomy. 2014 – 2017
Research Assistant, University of Victoria, Department of Physics & Astronomy. 2009 – 2014
TA: University of Victoria, Astronomy 101 & 102. 2009 - present
TA: Macalester College, Phys 226, Phys 227, Phys 331 marker. 2007-2009
Internship: Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France. Oct-Dec 2008
Honors & Awards
University of Sussex Public Engagement Impact Award Special Commendation, June 2016
SEPnet Public Engagement Newcomer Award, Oct 2015
Academic Income Supplement Award for Research Progress, May 2012
Best Astronomy Laboratory Instructor, January 2012
Graduate Student Committee Award for Best Student Talk, Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d’Astronomie Annual Meeting, 2011
University of Victoria Graduate Student Fellowship, 2009
Hélène Peters Prize for Study In a French-Speaking Country, 2009
Robert & Jean Gilruth Endowed Scholarship, 2008-2009
Girl Scout College Scholarship, 2005
Girl Scout Gold Award, 2005
The Effect of Galaxy Interactions on Molecular Gas Properties. Hsi-An Pan, Lihwai Lin, Bau-Ching Hsieh, Ting Xiao, Yang Gao, Sara L. Ellison, Jillian M. Scudder et al., 2018. ApJ, 868 132.
JINGLE, a JCMT legacy survey of dust and gas for galaxy evolution studies: I. Survey overview and first results. Amelie Saintonge, Christine D. Wilson, Ting Xiao, et al., incl. Jillian M. Scudder. MNRAS, 481, 3497.
Cosmic happenstance: 24-m selected, multi-component Herschel sources are line-of-sight projections. Jillian M. Scudder, Seb Oliver, Peter D. Hurley, Julie L. Wardlow, Lingyu Wang, Duncan Farrah, 2018. MNRAS 480, 4124.
Red, redder, reddest: SCUBA-2 imaging of colour-selected Herschel sources. Steven Duivenvoorden, Seb Oliver, Jillian M. Scudder, et al. 2018, MNRAS, 477, 1099.
Galaxy pairs in the SDSS - XIII. The connection between enhanced star formation and molecular gas properties in galaxy mergers. G. Violino, K. Coppin, S. L. Ellison, Jillian M Scudder, M. Sargent, J. A. Stevens, 2018, MNRAS, 476, 2591.
HELP: XID+, The Probabilistic De-blender for Herschel SPIRE maps, P.D. Hurley, S. J. Oliver, Jillian M Scudder, M Betancourt, S Duivenvoorden, D. Farrah, M. Griffin, E. Le Floc’h, A. Papadopoulos, M. Sargent, M. Vaccari, I. Valtchanov, L. Wang, 2017, MNRAS, 464, 885.
HELP: star formation as function of galaxy environment with Herschel, S. Duivenvoorden, S. J. Oliver, V. Buat, B. Darvish, A. Efstathiou, D. Farrah, M. Griffin, P. D. Hurley, E. Ibar, M. Jarvis, A. Papadopoulos, M. Sargent, D. Scott, Jillian M. Scudder, M. Symeonidis, M. Vaccari, M. Viero, L. Wang, MNRAS, 462, 277.
The multiplicity of Herschel 250 μm sources in the COSMOS field, Jillian M. Scudder, Seb J. Oliver, Peter D. Hurley, Matt Griffin, Mark T. Sargent, Douglas Scott, Julie L. Wardlow, Lingyu Wang, 2016, MNRAS, 460, 1119.
HerMES: ALMA Imaging of Herschel-selected Dusty Star-forming Galaxies, R. S. Bussmann, D. Riechers, A. Fialkov, Jillian M. Scudder, C. C. Hayward, W. I. Cowley, J. Bock, J. Calanog, S. C. Chapman, A. Cooray, F. De Bernardis, D. Farrah, Hai Fu, R. Gavazzi, R. Hopwood, R. J. Ivison, M. Jarvis, C. Lacey, A. Loeb, S. J. Oliver, I. Perez-Fournon, D. Rigopoulou, I. G. Roseboom, Douglas Scott, A. J. Smith, J. D. Vieira, L. Wang, J. Wardlow, 2015, ApJ, 812, 43.
Galaxy Pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - X. Does gas content alter star formation rate enhancement in galaxy pairs?, Jillian M Scudder, Sara L Ellison, Emmanuel Momjian, Jessica L Rosenberg, Paul Torrey, David R Patton, Derek Fertig, J. Trevor Mendel, MNRAS, 449, 3719.
Galaxy pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - VIII: The observational properties of post-merger galaxies, Sara L Ellison, J Trevor Mendel, David R Patton, Jillian M Scudder, MNRAS, 435, 3627.
Galaxy Pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - V. Tracing changes in star formation rate and metallicity out to separations of 80 kpc, Jillian M Scudder, Sara L Ellison, Paul Torrey, David R Patton, J Trevor Mendel, MNRAS, 426, 549.
The dependence of galaxy group star formation rates and metallicities on large scale environment, Jillian M Scudder, Sara L Ellison, J Trevor Mendel, 2012, MNRAS, 423, 2690.
Galaxy pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - VI. The orbital extent of enhanced star formation in interacting galaxies, David R Patton, Paul Torrey, Sara L Ellison, J Trevor Mendel, Jillian M Scudder 2013, MNRAS, L110.
Galaxy Pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - VII. The merger–luminous infra-red galaxy connection, Sara L Ellison, J Trevor Mendel, Jillian M Scudder, David R Patton, Michael J D Palmer 2013, MNRAS, 430, 3128.
Galaxy Pairs in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - IV. Interactions trigger active galactic nuclei, Sara L Ellison, David R Patton, J Trevor Mendel, & Jillian M Scudder 2011, MNRAS, 418, 2043.
The impact of gas inflows on star formation rates and metallicities in barred galaxies, Sara L Ellison, Preethi Nair, David R Patton, Jillian M Scudder, J Trevor Mendel, & Luc Simard 2011, MNRAS, 416, 2182.
The Stellar and Gaseous Contents of the Orion Dwarf Galaxy, John Cannon, Korey Haynes, Hans Most, John J Salzer, Kaitlin Haugland, Jillian M Scudder, Arthur Sugden & Jacob Weindling 2010, AJ, 139, 2170.
Mar 19 2019 – Galaxies & Cosmology Seminar: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), Cambridge MA, USA (scheduled)
Mar 01 2019 – Physics Seminar: Denison University, Granville OH, USA
Jan 07 2019 – Conference contributed talk: American Astronomical Society meeting, Seattle WA, USA
Nov 09 2018 – Physics & Astronomy Colloquium: Youngstown State University, Youngstown PA, USA
Mar 14 2018 – Invited Conference: Galaxy interactions and mergers across cosmic time, Sexten, Italy
Jul 05 2017 – Conference contributed talk: COSMOS Team meeting, Kyoto, Japan
Apr 07 2017 – Astronomy Colloquium: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Nov 03 2016 – Astronomy Colloquium: University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
Oct 05 2016 – Astronomy Colloquium: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Jul 04 2016 – Invited Conference: A multi-messenger view of mergers and multiple supermassive black holes, EWASS Special Session 5, Athens, Greece
Jun 27 2016 – Conference contributed talk: National Astronomical Society 2016, Nottingham, UK
Mar 04 2016 – The Role of AGN in Galaxy Evolution, Muizenberg, South Africa
Jan 28, 2016 – Astronomy Seminar: University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Nov 4, 2015 –Conference contributed talk: MaNGA mini-workshop on galaxy mergers, Taipei, Taiwan
Oct 21, 2015 – Astronomy Seminar: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Oct 7, 2015 – Astronomy Seminar: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
Sep 21, 2015 – Astronomy Seminar: East Asian Observatory Headquarters, Hilo Hawaii, USA
July 8, 2015 – Conference contributed talk: National Astronomical Society 2015, Llandudno, UK
June 4, 2015 – Conference contributed talk: Galaxies of many colours, Marstrand, Sweden
March 9, 2015 – Royal Society South Africa - UK Scientific Seminar Meeting, Oxford, UK
February 26, 2015 – Astronomy Lunch Seminar: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
December 5, 2013 – Natural Sciences Seminar: New College Florida, Sarasota FL, USA
October 22, 2013 – Astronomy Lunch Seminar: University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA
September 17, 2013 – Astronomy Lunch Seminar: IPMU - Kavli Institute, Tokyo, Japan
July 25, 2013 – Conference contributed talk: Physical Processes of Galaxy Formation: Consensus and Challenges, Aix-en-Provence, France
October 18, 2012 – Physics & Astronomy Colloquium: Macalester College, St Paul MN, USA
October 2, 2012 – Astronomy Lunch Seminar: IPMU - Kavli Institute, Tokyo, Japan
October 1 2012 – Galaxies Seminar, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
July 30 2012 – Summer Seminar: University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada
Oct 28 2011 – Conference contributed talk: Galaxy Mergers in an Evolving Universe, Hualien, Taiwan
June 16 2011 – Science Coffee Seminar: Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics, Victoria BC, Canada
June 06 2011 – Coffee Seminar: Harvard Center for Astrophysics ITC, Boston MA, USA
May 31 2011 – Conference contributed talk: CASCA, London ON, Canada
Education & Public Outreach
Mar 2013 - present – Astroquizzical science blog, 4,000+ followers, ~6000+ page views per month. astroquizzical.com
Aug 2012 - present – @Jillian Scudder personal Twitter account, begun August 6, 2012, 2100+ followers.
Feb 22 2019 – Astronomy Club of Akron public talk, Akron, OH, USA
Nov 09 2018 – Youngstown State University Planetarium public talk, Youngstown PA, USA
Sep 07 2018 – Baldwin Wallace University Burrell Memorial Observatory public talk, Berea, OH, USA
Oct 2015 - March 2018 – Science Contributor for Forbes.
Oct 2016 - March 2017 – Alfred P. Sloan/Carnegie Mellon University Script Competition Science Advisor
Nov 09 2016 – Careers Assembly, Brighton & Hove Girls High School, Brighton, UK
Sep 18 2016 – "Ask the Astronomer" session, Brighton Science Festival, Brighton, UK
Aug 13 2016 – NineWorlds "Ask the Astronomer" panel organizer, London, UK
Feb 25 2016 – Nerd Nite Science Festival, Brighton, UK
Jan 23 2016 – BAHfest London Big Science judge.
Dec 16 2015 – A-Level Astronomy Masterclass Research Talk, University of Sussex, UK
Dec 16 2015 – Radio interview, BBC Sussex, UK
Dec 15 2015 – Radio interview, BBC Sussex, UK
Dec 02 2015 – Careers Assembly, Brighton & Hove Girls High School, Brighton, UK
Feb 2015 - Aug 2015 – Contributor to The Conversation UK, http://goo.gl/FzHINu
Feb 2015 - Oct 2015 – Contributor to the Starts With A Bang collection at Medium, https://medium.com/@Jillian_Scudder
Sep 21 2015 – Public talk, Visitor Information Station, Maunakea, Hawaii, USA
Aug 24 2015 – A-level Astronomy Research Talk, University of Sussex, UK
Jun 15-26 2015 – I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, http://imascientist.org.uk
May 29 2015 – Invited delegate: EU Impact (Outreach & dissemination); A space perspective, UCL
Apr 23 2015 – Nerd Nite Brighton, C aroline of Brunswick, Brighton
Mar 18 2015 – Ask the Astronomer, Stargazing Live @ University of Sussex
Mar 07 2015 – Public Talk, Eastbourne Astronomical Society
Dec 16 2014 – Q&A Session, A-Level Astronomy Masterclass, University of Sussex
Dec 16 2014 – Research Talk, A-Level Astronomy Masterclass, University of Sussex
Apr 7 – May 1, 2014 – @AstroCanada Twitter account contributor,
Feb 25 2014 – 3 Minute Thesis competitor, University of Victoria
Oct 19 2013 – Ask the Astronomers panel member, GeekGirlCon, Seattle WA
Sept 30 2013 – Experienced TA panel, TA Workshop, “Dealing with Difficult Dilemmas”
Mar 8 2013 – Ask an Astronomer booth, Ideafest, University of Victoria
Jan 9 2013 – Public Talk, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Victoria
Selected Media Publications
Total reach: 2.1 Million+
Total Publications: 120+
Publication venues: Forbes, Medium, The Conversation UK, Quartz, Physics World, Astronomy Magazine.
"How Come I See Fewer Stars Than I Remember As A Child?" Forbes, Views, 16,000+
"Will The Voyager Spacecraft Stop?" Forbes, Views: 30,000+
"Why Is The Expansion Of The Universe Always Drawn Like A Cylinder?" Forbes, Views: 27,000+
"If The Universe Is Expanding, How Come Galaxies Collide?" Forbes, Views: 19,000+
"Astroquizzical: What happens when Betelgeuse explodes?" Medium; Starts With A Bang collection, Views: 123,000+
"The sun won't die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?" The Conversation UK, Reach: 299,500+
"How big is the biggest star we have ever found?" The Conversation UK, Reach: 122,000+
Popular science book
Astroquizzical: A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree, published by Icon Books.