Dr. Nicholas Morgan
Nicholas Morgan received his undergraduate training at Villanova University, where he majored in Astronomy and Astrophysics and earned Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors. He received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics for work in the field of observational cosmology, and has since worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and The Ohio State University Astronomy Department. His research focuses on gravitational lenses (rare optical mirages formed by the gravity of distant galaxies) and their implications for the age of the Universe, the nature and distribution of dark matter, and the internal structure of quasar accretion disks. He also has extensive experience conducting large-scale digital sky surveys and performing time-series target monitoring, with over 80 nights observing experience on research-grade telescopes. Dr. Morgan has authored numerous articles in astronomy and astrophysics journals, co-authored several successful grant-funded proposals for using the NASA Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer Space Telescopes, and has served as a manuscript referee for The Astrophysical Journal.