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Kyle Willett

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Kyle Willett is a postdoctoral research associate working with Prof. Lucy Fortson's group. He is the Lead Data Scientist for the Galaxy Zoo project, in which classifications of images by members of the public enable the science performed by professional astronomers. He is particularly interested in the relationship between small-scale disk-structure to broader galaxy properties. He is also the lead on data reduction for Radio Galaxy Zoo, working with Prof. Larry Rudnick.

Dr. Willett's other research has included work on extragalactic masers, blazars, compact symmetric objects, and the variation of fundamental constants. He has used telescopes such as the EVLA in New Mexico, the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Selected Publications

Banfield, J.K., Wong, O.I., Willett, K.W. et al., Radio Galaxy Zoo: host galaxies and radio morphologies derived from visual inspection, MNRAS

Dieleman, Willett, & Dambre, Rotation-invariant convolutional neural networks for galaxy morphology prediction, MNRAS

Willett, K.W. et al. , Galaxy Zoo: the dependence of the star formation-stellar mass relation on spiral disc morphology, MNRAS

Galloway, M.A., Willett, K.W., Fortson, L.F. et al. , Galaxy Zoo: the effect of bar-driven fuelling on the presence of an active galactic nucleus in disc galaxies, MNRAS

Willett, K.W. et al. , Galaxy Zoo 2: detailed morphological classifications for 304 122 galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Willett, Kyle; Nelson, T.; Fortson, L., Environmental And Clustering Properties Of Blazars From The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, BAAS

Willett, K.W., Darling, J., Spoon, H.W.W., Charmandaris, V., Armus, L., Mid-Infrared Properties of OH Megamaser Host Galaxies. I. Spitzer IRS Low- and High-Resolution Spectroscopy, Astrophysical Journal Supplement

Willett, K.W., Darling, J., Spoon, H.W.W., Charmandaris, V., Armus, L., Mid-infrared Properties of OH Megamaser Host Galaxies. II. Analysis and Modeling of the Maser Environment, Astrophysical Journal

Willett, K.W., Stocke, J.T., Darling, J., Perlman, E.S., Spitzer Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy of Compact Symmetric Objects: What Powers Radio-Loud Active Galactic Nuclei?, Astrophysical Journal

Willett, K.W., Elmegreen, B.G., Hunter, D.A., Power Spectra in V band and H{$\alpha$} of Nine Irregular Galaxies, Astronomical Journal


Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2011
M.S., University of Colorado, 2007
B.A., Carleton College, 2005