Steward Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab Joint Colloquium Series: Mapping the lives and deaths of 10,010 nearby galaxies with MaNGA

Dr. Kevin Bundy, UC Santa Cruz

Abstract:  The SDSS-IV MaNGA survey completed its final observations in August 2020, having reached the goal of obtaining spatially-resolved spectroscopy for just over 10,000 nearby galaxies.  MaNGA is the largest integral field survey of its kind.  Its maps of internal galaxy composition and dynamics continue to provide new insights on key questions regarding galaxy growth, the regulation of star formation, and its eventual suppression through “quenching.”  I will highlight several recent MaNGA results on the growth and assembly history of massive early-type galaxies as well as the role of mysterious “red geysers” in maintaining quiescence.  Finally, I will introduce a new instrument concept for Keck Observatory called FOBOS that helps address the coming need for high-multiplex spectroscopy on large telescopes and extends the power of MaNGA-like integral field spectroscopy to higher redshift.


If you would like to meet with Kevin, please email Hector Rico ( to schedule a meeting.


Graduate students will meet with the colloquium speaker for lunch on Thursday, February 25th, at 1:00 PM. (MST) via Zoom at:


3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2021