M. Claudia Scarlata

Claudia Scarlata

M. Claudia Scarlata

Director of Graduate Studies for MIfA, Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 285-08
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)


Ph.D., Padova University, 2004 

M.S.(summa cum laude), Padova University, 1999

Professional Background

Member, Cosmology Survey Multi-Cycle Treasury program (CANDELS)

Member, COSMOS and z-COSMOS collaboration

Referee, ApJ, MNRAS

Member, HST review panel

Research Interests

Galaxy formation and evolution: Massive galaxies, Evolution of galaxy structure.

Lyα line as a cosmological tool: Escape of Lyα photons, Large-scale structure, Lyα blobs.

Reionization: Lyman continuum escape fraction, IR background fluctuations.


Research Group
Cosmology Survey Multi-Cycle Treasury Program (CANDELS)
Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) Collaboration
z-COSMOS Collaboration

Selected Publications

  1. Morales, A. M., Mason, C. A., Bruton, S., Gronke, M., Haardt, F., & Scarlata, C. (2021). The evolution of the lyman-alpha luminosity function during reionization. Astrophysical Journal, 919(2)

  2. Henry, A., Rafelski, M., Sunnquist, B., Pirzkal, N., Pacifici, C., Atek, H., . . . Teplitz, H. (2021). The mass-metallicity relation at z ~ 1-2 and its dependence on the star formation rate. Astrophysical Journal, 919(2) 

  3. Clarke, L., Scarlata, C., Mehta, V., Keel, W. C., Cardamone, C., Hayes, M., . . . Simmons, B. (2021). An old stellar population or diffuse nebular continuum emission discovered in green pea galaxies. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 912(2) 

  4. Mehta, V., Scarlata, C., Fortson, L., Dickinson, H., Adams, D., Chevallard, J., . . . Simmons, B. (2021). Investigating clumpy galaxies in the sloan digital sky survey stripe 82 using the galaxy zoo. Astrophysical Journal, 912(1) doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abed5b

  5. Colbert, Scarlata et al., Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emission within Lyα BlobsAstrophysical Journal [abstract]

  6. Bundy, Scarlata et al. , The Rise and Fall of Passive Disk Galaxies: Morphological Evolution Along the Red Sequence Revealed by COSMOSAstrophysical Journal [abstract]

  7. Scarlata et al., He II Emission in Lyα Nebulae: Active Galactic Nucleus or Cooling Radiation?Astrophysical Journal [abstract]

  8. Scarlata et al., The Effect of Dust Geometry on the Lyα Output of GalaxiesAstrophysical Journal Letters [abstract]

  9. Scarlata et al., The Redshift Evolution of Early-Type Galaxies in COSMOS: Do Massive Early-Type Galaxies Form by Dry Mergers?Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series [abstract]

  10. Scarlata et al., COSMOS Morphological Classification with the Zurich Estimator of Structural Types (ZEST) and the Evolution Since z = 1 of the Luminosity Function of Early, Disk, and Irregular GalaxiesAstrophysical Journal [abstract]