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Vardha N. Bennert

Vardha Bennert

Vardha N. Bennert

Associate Professor

Office: 180-622
Phone: 805.756.7317
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  • Ph.D., Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2005
  • M.S., Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2002
  • Vordiplom, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 1999

Research Interests

  • Astrophysics
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Black Hole Mass Scaling Relations And Their Evolution
  • Galaxy Interactions And Mergers


Dr. Vardha N. Bennert completed her PhD in 2005 on the astrophysics of active galaxies at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. She moved to the US for a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of California, first in Riverside, then in Santa Barbara. Dr. Bennert joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 2011. Dr. Bennert’s research interests focus on the central region of “active galaxies” (the black hole and the so-called narrow- and broad-line regions immediately around the black hole) and its relation to the host galaxy. In her free time, she loves to explore the outdoors of California, and is also on an inward journey, integrating meditation into her everyday life.




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