Sierra Dodd

PhD Student
University of California, Santa Cruz

I'm currently a NSF GRFP recipient completing my PhD at UC Santa Cruz, working with Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. I'm broadly interested in studying AGN variability using a combination of theoretical and observational techniques. I received my B.S. in Astronomy & Comprehensive Physics from the University of Washington in 2019, where I worked with Professor Scott Anderson to identify new Changing-Look AGN in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

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Host Galaxies of Changing-Look AGN

Changing-look active galactic nuclei (CL AGN) represent some of the most extreme examples of AGN variability detected to date. In this paper, we study CL AGN host galaxies to understand the conditions responsible for triggering CL activity.

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