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Dr. Else Starkenburg





My main research interests concern the chemical evolution of the Milky Way and surrounding galaxies, using photometric and spectroscopic observations as well as modelling. In particular, several of my projects focus on the first generations of stars in these systems that contain valuable information about the early Universe, but still can be observed today. I am the Principal Investigator for the "Pristine Survey", an international collaboration aiming to uncover and study these rare and extremely metal-deficient stars in the Galaxy and its satellite galaxies. I am also co-leading the 4MOST ( Milky Way bulge and disk low resolution survey at AIP.

I completed my Ph.D. titled "Galactic Archaeology in and around the Milky Way" at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. From 2012 until 2014, I held an independent postdoctoral position at the University of Victoria in Canada as a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Global Scholar and Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) National Fellow. In 2014, I came to AIP as a Karl Schwarzschild Fellow and since 2015, I am the head of the Emmy Noether Research Group "The Early Milky Way.