Professor Crystal L. Martin

Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
phone: (805) 893-8760
email: cmartin{at}

I am an observational astronomer studying galaxies and their interplay with the circumgalactic ecosystem. My research focuses on the physical processes that regulate galaxy formation and growth, including star formation laws, galactic winds, Lyman-alpha emission, Lyman continuum escape, chemical enrichment, and galaxy interactions. My observing experience ranges from the X-ray (Chandra, XMM) to the far-infrared (ALMA) and radio (VLA), and I currently lead observing programs in the far-ultraviolet (Hubble spectroscopy), optical (Keck integral field, multislit, and echellete spectroscopy), and near-infrared (JWST imaging and spectroscopy). These projects involve collecting and analyzing data, which quantify the cycling of baryonic matter through galaxies and circumgalactic gas, but aim to uncover the physical laws that shape galaxy assembly.




Last Updated: 2024 February 1