Nicole Karnath

Research Scientist
Cambridge, MA

Nicole utilizes multi-wavelength datasets from ground- and space-based observatories to study various aspects of protostellar formation and evolution. Her studies include how magnetic fields influence the formation of protostars and disks, the impacts of outflows on natal molecular clouds, multiplicity of young stars, the dynamics of cluster formation and dispersal, and the individual properties of protostars in the Orion Molecular Clouds using both photometry and near- and mid-IR spectroscopy.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and a master's degree from Northern Arizona University working with Dr. Lisa Prato. Her PhD in physics was completed at the University of Toledo in 2019 under the advisement of Dr. Tom Megeath. She went on to be an Instrument Scientist at the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) for three years prior to joining SSI.