My name is Valentino González, I am faculty member at the Astronomy department of Universidad de Chile (DAS).
I was born in Chile, the country with the funny looking shape in the west coast of South America. It is very long and thin, packed in between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Chile is known to the world, among other things, by its prime wines produced in the fertile valleys of the central region. To Astronomers, Chile is mostly known for the amazingly clear skies in the northern part (not that we astronomers don’t like wine — on the contrary!). This has lead many international collaborations to place their amazing telescopes in our desserts, which today house some of the most advanced ground based observatories in the world, including the VLT (Very Large Telescope) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array), among many others.
I did my undergraduate studies in Astronomy at the Engeneering School of the Universidad de Chile. In 2006, I moved to the U.S. with a Fulbright scholarship to do my Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).
My research interest is focused on the observational aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, particularly during the first 2 billion years of the history of the Universe (that is 2 thousand millions for the rest of us). My thesis advisor at UCSC was professor Garth Illingworth and my main collaborators are Rychard Bouwens, Ivo Labbé, Pascal Oesch (and the XDF team). We study the observational properties of the most distant galaxies that we can observe with current technology. In our research we exploit the capabilities of two of the most powerful instruments available today: the Hubble and the Spitzer space telescopes.
I graduated from UCSC in 2012 and then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Galaxy Evolution at the University of California Riverside. My main collaborator at UCR is Prof. Naveen Reddy.