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Decker French

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Contact Information

224 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL
M/C 221
Assistant Professor


Professor French received her SB degrees in Physics and Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in 2011 from MIT, and her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Arizona in 2017. She was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, CA. Professor French joined the faculty at UIUC in 2020. 

Research Interests

Galaxy evolution

Transient astronomy

Optical and radio observations

Research Description

Professor French uses multi-wavelength observations to study how galaxies evolve over time and co-evolve with their supermassive black holes. 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Astronomy
Assistant Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Recent Publications

Lin, L., Pan, H. A., Ellison, S. L., Harada, N., Jiménez-Donaire, M. J., French, K. D., Baker, W. M., Hsieh, B. C., Koyama, Y., López-Cobá, C., Michiyama, T., Rowlands, K., Sánchez, S. F., & Thorp, M. D. (2024). The ALMaQUEST Survey. XII. Dense Molecular Gas as Traced by HCN and HCO+ in Green Valley Galaxies. Astrophysical Journal, 963(2), Article 115.

Sun, Y., Lee, G. H., Zabludoff, A. I., French, K. D., Helton, J. M., Kerrison, N. A., Tremonti, C. A., & Yang, Y. (2024). Evolution of gas flows along the starburst to post-starburst to quiescent galaxy sequence. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 528(4), 5783-5803.

Tinyanont, S., Foley, R. J., Taggart, K., Davis, K. W., LeBaron, N., Andrews, J. E., Bustamante-Rosell, M. J., Camacho-Neves, Y., Chornock, R., Coulter, D. A., Galbany, L., Jha, S. W., Kilpatrick, C. D., Kwok, L. A., Larison, C., Pierel, J. R., Siebert, M. R., Aldering, G., Auchettl, K., ... Ward, S. M. (2024). Keck Infrared Transient Survey. I. Survey Description and Data Release 1. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 136(1), Article 014201.

Aleo, P. D., Malanchev, K., Sharief, S., Jones, D. O., Narayan, G., Foley, R. J., Villar, V. A., Angus, C. R., Baldassare, V. F., Bustamante-Rosell, M. J., Chatterjee, D., Cold, C., Coulter, D. A., Davis, K. W., Dhawan, S., Drout, M. R., Engel, A., French, K. D., Gagliano, A., ... Zenati, Y. (2023). The Young Supernova Experiment Data Release 1 (YSE DR1): Light Curves and Photometric Classification of 1975 Supernovae. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 266(1), Article 9.

Baron, D., Netzer, H., French, K. D., Lutz, D., Davies, R. I., & Prochaska, J. X. (2023). Star formation and molecular gas properties of post-starburst galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 524(2), 2741-2769.

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