Amata Mercurio was born in Foggia, Italy, in 1976. She obtained a degree in physics from the University of Napoli, Naples, Italy, (summa cum laude) in 2000. She received her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy, in 2004. Since 2004, she received postdoctoral grants from Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy and from University Federico II of Naples. Her main scientific interest is the internal dynamical analysis of galaxy clusters and the study of cluster galaxy properties. In particular, she studied the galaxy luminosity function, observed correlations among galaxy properties, such as the colour-magnitude and photometric plane relations, and the spectroscopic properties of galaxies (e.g., dynamics, line indices, and velocity dispersion) in the framework of projects aimed at investigating the scenarios of galaxy formation and evolution. She developed dedicated software tools to measure spectral signatures (line indices) in galaxies and compared them with stellar population synthesis models, in order to derive detailed star formation histories. She analysed all these aspects as a function of the environment where galaxies reside, characterized in terms of both the local galaxy density and the dynamical properties of clusters (e.g., richness, velocity dispersion, and substructures).
Biography Updated on 10 April 2012