1. Formation and evolution of galaxies

  2. Formation of stars over cosmic time

  3. Photo-z and SED-fitting techniques

I study the formation and evolution of galaxies at epochs when the Universe was only a fraction of its present age. I am particularly interested in where and when the Universe made its stars and the complex chemical elements that we are all made of. In my work I use space-based facilities including the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, as well as ground-based ones such as the Keck, Gemini, and Magellan observatories in Hawaii and Chile. And after a long wait but quite soon now, I look forward to using the James Webb Space Telescope in this research!

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  1. I regularly teach graduate and undergraduate courses, including cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, observational astronomy, and 2nd-year physics of periodic systems.

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Marcin Sawicki
Astronomy & Physics


Dr. Marcin Sawicki

Department of Astronomy and Physics

Saint Mary’s University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3, Canada


tel: don’t call - send me email!

office: Atrium 319D


2017 September 8:    

Mahassen wraps us summer term.

Mahassen wraps up her summer research project on cosmic civilization with a presentation at SMU’s undergraduate research symposium. Mahassen (front row centre, with her fellow presenters) is now back to more formal studies.  It was great to have you with us this summer, Mahassen.

2017 August 29:    

Lingjian joins the team.

Lingjian Chen, recently graduated from the Shangai Jiao Tong University, just arrived to start his MSc in our group.  Welcome to the team, Lingjian!

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  1. Canadians interested in joining our group: the NSERC PGS-M scholarship deadline is approaching! Please contact me about applying for this scholarship if you would like to join our group to work on distant galaxies with our incoming guaranteed-time JWST data.

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