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Stefan Kautsch, Ph.D.

Stefan Kautsch
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
(954) 262-7969

Area (s) of Research

Dark Matter, Cosmology, Galaxies


  • Postdoctoral Associate, 2006-2009, University of Florida (USA)
  • PhD, 2006, University of Basel (Switzerland)
  • Research Fellow, 2003, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Master’s, 2003, University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Undergraduate Studies, University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Research Statement

One of the biggest mysteries in modern astronomy is the nature of dark matter. This is a material, which can be measured easily, but it is totally invisible to the eye and to modern detectors. Many galaxies contain much more dark matter than stars, planets, and other known material. My research explores how dark matter and other physical properties are expressed in the shapes of galaxies, and how these galaxy morphologies evolve with the ages of the universe.

Teaching Interests and Experience

  • General Physics I and Lab
  • General Physics II and Lab
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Reading Seminar
  • Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Intermediate Physics Lab
  1. Bizyaev, D. V., Kautsch, S. J., Sotnikova, N. Ya., Reshetnikov, V. P., & Mosenkov, A. V. (2017) "Very thin disc galaxies in the SDSS catalogue of edge-on galaxies" Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 3784-3792
  2. Kautsch, S. J. (2016) Media Press Release “Finding New Planets and Studying the Universe – Why it Matters and What it Means,” Sun Sentinel 1/26/16, Tampa Tribune 1/30/16, St. Petersburg Tribune 1/30/16, Broward Forum 2/3/16, American Astronomical Society 2/9/16
  3. Kautsch, S. J., Vazquez, R., Phung, C., VanHilst, M., Castro, V. H., & Bizyaev, D. (2016) "Galaxy Classification: Citizen Scientists versus Experts" American Astronomical Society, 227, 342.29
  4. Bizyaev, D., Kautsch, S. J., Sotnikova, N. Ya, Mosenkov, A., & Reshetnikov, V. P. (2016) "Spectral Observations of Superthin Galaxies" American Astronomical Society, 227, 135.06
  5. Mosenkov, A. V., Sotnikova, N. Ya., Reshetnikov, V. P., Bizyaev, D. V., & Kautsch, S. J. (2015) "Does the stellar disc flattening depend on the galaxy type?" Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451, 2376-2389
  6. Bizyaev, D. V., Kautsch, S. J., Mosenkov, A. V., Reshetnikov, V. P., Sotnikova, N. Ya., Yablokova, N. V., & Hillyer, R. W. (2014) "The Catalog of Edge-On Disk Galaxies from SDSS. I. The Catalog and the Structural Parameters of Stellar Disks" Astrophysical Journal, 787, 24
  7. Kautsch, S. J., Phung, C., VanHilst, M., & Castro, V. H. (2014), "A Visual Galaxy Classification Interface and its Classroom Application" American Astronomical Society, 224, 320.06
  8. Kautsch, S. J., Bizyaev, D., Mosenkov, A. V., Sotnikova, N. Y., Reshetnikov, V. P., Hillyer, R. W., & Yablokova, N. V. (2012) "The Catalog of Edge-on Disk Galaxies Found in SDSS" Bull. American Astronomical Society, 220, 433.01
  9. Kautsch, S. J., Hillyer, R. W., & McMahon, N. (2011) "A Survey Of Edge-on Disk Galaxies In The SDSS DR7 And Their Intrinsic Shapes" Bull. American Astronomical Society, 217, 246.02
  10. Just, D. W., Zaritsky, D., Tran, K.-V. H., Gonzalez, A. H., Kautsch, S. J., & Moustakas, J. (2011) "A Search for Young Stars in the S0 Galaxies of a Super-Group at z=0.37" Astrophysical Journal, 740, 54
  11. Kautsch, S. J. (2009) "The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies" Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 121, 1297-1306
  12. Tran, K.-V. H., Saintonge, A., Bai, L., Moustakas, J., Gonzalez, A. H., Holden, B. P., Zaritsky, D., & Kautsch, S. J. (2009) "A spectroscopically confirmed excess of 24 µ sources in a super galaxy group at z = 0.37: enhanced dusty star formation relative to the cluster and field environment" Astrophysical Journal, 705, 809-820
  13. Kautsch, S. J., Gonzalez, A. H., Soto, C. A., Tran, K.-V. H., Zaritsky, D., & Moustakas, J. (2008) "Forming Early-Type Galaxies in Groups Prior to Cluster Assembly" Astrophysical Journal Letters, 688, 5-8
  14. Kautsch, S. J., Grebel, E. K., Barazza, F. D., & Gallagher, J. S. (2006) "A catalog of edge-on disk galaxies: From galaxies with a bulge to superthin galaxies" Astronomy & Astrophysics, 445, 765-778
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