Jeremiah Paul
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I am a graduate student in the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). I work for the department as a Research Assistant in Dr. Rich Plotkin's research group, and am in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. with a focus on observational astronomy and astrophysics. My research focuses on multiwavelength observation and analysis of rapidly-accreting black holes within active galactic nuclei (AGNs), at a variety of redshifts and masses, in order to better understand the physics of rapid accretion and how it affects black hole growth and AGN evolution. My current project involves a sub-population of high-redshift quasars with intrinsically weak broad-line emission (dubbed "weak-lined quasars," or "WLQs") and the use of Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet spectra of a sample of candidate low-redshift analogs in order to determine whether the low- and high-redshift populations can be unified. This will allow us to study their unique characteristics over a larger range of evolutionary stages and cosmological timescales. I also have an interest (but am not actively involved in research) in stellar chemical abundance, stellar populations, the search for extremely metal-poor (EMP) stars, and near-field cosmology.

I am also interested in community outreach and education, and I am a volunteer member of the Western Nevada Astronomical Society at the Jack C. Davis Observatory in Carson City, NV.

Please see the menu at the upper-left for links to the following (but note that much of this is currently under construction): Research describes my current and past research; Teaching provides course information for current and past lab sections; Outreach describes my community education and volunteer work; CV briefly describes my education and provides a link to a PDF copy of my curriculum vitae; Contact lists my contact information; and Links gives a number of additional resources for those interested in astronomy, UNR, and more. You can return to this main page at any time using the Home link.