Curriculum Vitae


University of Washington
Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Aug. 2007
Thesis Title: "Thick Disks in External Galaxies"
Thesis Advisor: Julianne J. Dalcanton

University of Washington
M.S. in Astrophysics, June 2002

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Astrophysics, Dec. 2000

Honors and Awards

Harlan J Smith Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, 2007-present

Outstanding Dissertation Award (Physical Sciences), University of Washington, 2008

Nominated for National CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation , 2008

ARCS Fellow, University of Washington 2001-2004

Research Experience

LSST Science Fellow, 2010-present
Simulations of the LSST photometric calibration

Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2010
Observational studies of galaxy formation

Graduate Student Researcher, U. Washington, 2001-2007
Supervisor: Julianne J. Dalcanton
Photometric and spectroscopic studies of edge-on disk galaxies

Undergraduate Researcher, LBNL , 1998-2001
Supervisor: Mike Levi
Monte Carlo simulations of observing strategies for the SNAP space telescope

Undergraduate Researcher, UC Berkeley, 1999-2000
Supervisor: Rich Muller
Correlations of Earth's orbital parameters with global climate

Mentored Students

Meagan Albright, U. Washington undergraduate, 2011-present
GALAX UV Observations of Red Spirals

Denise Schmitz, U. Washington undergraduate, 2011-present
Defining a Sample of Nearby Massive Galaxies

Meghin Spencer, UW undergraduate, 2010-2012
DIS observations of M 106 satellite galaxies

Matt Shane, UT undergraduate, 2009
SDSS study of satellite galaxies in Stripe 82

Les McCommas, UW undergraduate, 2007-2009
HST Cepheid distance to M81

Brian Stephanik, UW undergraduate, 2005
Gemini imaging of edge-on galaxies

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, U. Texas, 2010
Taught 10 week graduate student observing course including 9 night observing run at McDonald Observatory using the 0.8m, 2.1m, and 2.7m telescopes

Teaching Assistant, U. Washington
8 courses, 2001-2006
Conducted discussion and laboratory sections for introductory Astronomy courses

Guest Lecturer, U. Washington, 2003-2006
Developed four lecture and exercise sets for undergraduates learning IDL

Planetarium Presenter, U.C. Berkeley, 1999-2001
Presented and developed shows for Lawrence Hall of Science

Oakland Community Networking Project, U.C. Berkeley, 1997-1999
Worked with NPOs to improve their internet access and usage

Service & Outreach

Guest Blogger
Galaxy Zoo and If We Assume

Frank N. Bash Symposium, 2009
SOC member and LOC chair

Referee, Astronomical Journal, 2006-present
Refereed papers on stellar thick disk observations

Planetarium Outreach, U. Washington, 2001-2007
Gave planetarium shows to visiting student groups

Astronomy Open house, U. Washington, 2001-2007
Gave lectures and demonstrations for the department's annual public open house

Stargazing Nights, UC Berkeley , 1999-2001
Ran stargazing nights for the general public at Lawrence Hall of Science

Refereed Publications

  • Spatially Resolved Spectroscopic Star Formation Histories of nearby Disks: Hints of Stellar Migration, Yoachim, Peter, Roskar, Rok; Debattista, Victor P., 2012, ApJ, 752, 97 [arXiv:1204.0026] [ApJ]
  • IFU Spectroscopy of the Stellar Disk Truncation Region of NGC 6155, Peter Yoachim, Debattista, V., Roskar, R., ApJL, 716, L4 [arXiv:1005.0851] [ApJ]
  • A Panoply of Cepheid Light Curve Templates, Peter Yoachim, Les P. McCommas, Julianne J. Dalcanton and Benjamin F. Williams, 2009 AJ [astro-ph/0903.4186] [AJ]
  • The ACS Nearby Galaxy Survey Treasury. III. Cepheids in the Outer Disk of M81, Les P. McCommas, Peter Yoachim, Benjamin F. Williams, Julianne J. Dalcanton, Matthew R. Davis, Andrew E. Dolphin, 2009 AJ [astro-ph/0903.4191] [AJ]
  • The Kinematics of Thick Disks in Nine External Galaxies, Peter Yoachim &Julianne J. Dalcanton, 2008 ApJ [astro-ph/0804.3966] [ApJ]
  • Lick Indices in the Thin and Thick Disks of Edge-On Disk Galaxies, Peter Yoachim & Julianne J. Dalcanton, 2008 ApJ [astro-ph/0805.4197] [ApJ]
  • Structural Parameters of Thin and Thick Disks in Edge-On Disk Galaxies, Peter Yoachim & Julianne J. Dalcanton, 2006 AJ [astro-ph/0508460] [AJ]
  • The Kinematics of Thick Disks in External Galaxies, Peter Yoachim & Julianne J. Dalcanton, 2005 ApJ [astro-ph/0501394] [ApJ]
  • The Formation of Dust Lanes: Implications for Galaxy Evolution, Julianne J. Dalcanton, Peter Yoachim, Rebecca A. Bernstein, 2004 ApJ  [astro-ph/0402472][ApJ]


2008 AAS, Age and Metallicity Gradients in Disk Galaxies

2012 AAS, Beyond the Break: Observational Evidence of Stellar Migration

2012 AAS w/Meghin Spencer, Constraining the Mass of NGC 4258 with Satellite Galaxies


2012 Talk at HIA in Victoria


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