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Kristopher Youakim




I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology and Physics at the University of Victoria in Canada. I started working on my PhD at the AIP in 2015.
I am in the Pristine collaboration, and as such my work focuses mainly on metal-poor stars. These stars are likely very old, and their chemical abundance patterns can thus offer insight into what the conditions were like during the formation and early evolution of our Galaxy. I am interested mainly in investigating what these stars can reveal about the substructure of the Galactic halo, and its build-up through the accretion of satellite galaxies. This includes searching for new dwarf galaxies and stellar streams, as well as characterizing the amount of substructure present in the halo at different metallicities.