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Louise Edwards

Assistant Professor

Office: 180-619
Phone: 805-756-7674


  • Ph.D., Université Laval, 2007
  • M.Sc., Saint Mary's University, 2003
  • B.Sc., University of Victoria, 2001

Research Interests

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • The formation and Evolution of Brightest Cluster Galaxies
  • Galaxies in Cluster Cores and in Filaments


Dr. Louise Edwards joined Cal Poly in August, 2016, having been a lecturer in the Yale Astronomy department for 4 years prior. She was also an Assistant Professor of Physics at Mount Allison University, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and at Trent University. She received her PhD in Physics from Laval University in Quebec, Canada in 2007. Optical and infrared spectroscopy, along with photometric data from X-ray, through to Radio wavelengths allow Dr. Edwards to study the formation and evolution of galaxies. She is particularly interested in the cores and infall regions of rich galaxy clusters. In 2002, she was pictured on a Canadian stamp.

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