About Me

I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Astronomy department at UC Berkeley. I study the formation and evolution of galaxies by tracing the metal content of massive quiescent galaxies over cosmic time. My primary research advisor is Prof. Mariska Kriek.

I received my B.S. in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2019. During my time in undergrad, I worked with Claudia Scarlata and Gabe Brammer on the spatial distribution of star formation in the WISP and 3D-HST surveys.

Outside of astronomy, I enjoy competeing in Strongman (see picture), knitting, being in the outdoors, and eating lots of Thai food!


Elemental Abundances and Ages of z ~ 0.7 Quiescent Galaxies on the Mass-Size Plane: Implication for Chemical Enrichment and Star-Formation Quenching

In this Letter we derive the elemental abundances and ages of 65 quiescent galaxies at z ~ 0.7 from the LEGA-C survey. We find that (a) at z ~ 0.7, more compact galaxies are more metal rich, and (b) the metallicity of the quiescent galaxy population evolves significantly between z ~ 0.7 and z ~ 0. These results have implications for the chemical enrichment histories and star-formation quenching of galaxies in the early universe. Namely, (a) the mass-metallicity relation is driven by a galaxy's ability to retain its metal-rich gas, and (b) progenitor bias combined with quenching via gas ejection, is key to explaining the observed metallicity evolution.

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Email:  abeverage@berkeley.edu

Address:  Aliza Beverage
     Astronomy Department
     Campbell Hall 307A
     University of California, Berkeley
     Berkeley, CA 94720-3411