• B.S., Michigan State University 2009
  • M.S., University of California, Riverside 2011
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside 2015
Areas of Interest

Dr. DeGroot’s research focuses on the study of galaxy morphology and understanding how galaxy type and other properties indicate the evolution of galaxies with time.

Courses Taught
  • First Year Seminar
  • Physics Revolutions
  • Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies
  • Algebra Physics I and II
  • Calculus Physics I and II
  • Calculus Physics Lab I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Astrophysics
  • Modern Optics
Independent Study Advising
  • Shivam Bhasin, Testing the Accuracy of GALFIT to Measure the Morphological Properties of Galaxies, 2022
  • Lillian Miller, Determining Growth and Evolution Methods for Galaxies in the GOODS-S Field with 0.8<1.2
  • Haoge Yan, Studying the Halos of Nearby Galaxies in the HERON Survey through Galaxy Decomposition Using GALFIT
  • Abigail Ambrose, Using Gaia DR2 to Observe Stellar Streams and Dark Matter Distribution in the Milky Way, 2020
  • Nicholas Rosner, Investigation of galaxy disk formation at 0.8 < z < 1.2, 2020
  • Chase Fuller, Spiraling into Control: Spiral Density Wave Structure of Gaia DR2 Galactic Radial Velocities, 2019
  • Benjamin Jenkins, Decomposing the Nearby NGC 720 Galaxy, 2019
  • Vincent Hui, Determining the Accuracy of GALFIT in Morphology Measurement of Galaxies from Image Analysis, 2019
  • Nathaniel Moore, Local Analogues: Comparing a 12-inch Telescope to the Hubble, 2018