Stéphanie Côté

Roles and responsibilities

Group leader of the Canadian Gemini Office responsible of informing and supporting Canadian astronomers using the twin 8.1-meter Gemini Telescopes, the largest optical/infrared telescopes to which Canadians have access.

Astronomer  interested in the dynamics and chemical evolution of dwarf galaxies.

Research and/or project statements

•Understanding galaxy evolution through the study of the star formation, chemical evolution and kinematics of nearby dwarf galaxies.

•Optimizing operations and user support for the Gemini Telescopes for the benefit of the canadian astronomical commnity

•Publicizing Gemini science to the canadian public


B.Sc. Physics, Université de Montréal, 1987

•M.Sc. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Université de Montréal, 1989

•PhD Astronomy, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University, 1995

Professional activities/interests

•Boards: -Member of the Board of Directors of the Mt Megantic Observatory (2017-); Member of the Board of Directors of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Chair of the Personel Committee (2010-2014)

•International Advisory Panels: Gemini Science and Technology Advisory Committee (2003-2006); Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Panel (cycle 13); Gemini International Time Allocation Committee (2017-)
•National Awards/Grants committees: NSERC Space&Astronomy Discovery Grants (2008,2011); NSERC Vanier Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee (2012-2015); NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowships (2008-2011); Chair of the Canadian Astronomical Society Awards committee (2004-2006).
•Supervision and training of HQPs


•International Astronomical Union

•Canadian Atronomical Society


•FCAR Scholarships (Quebec) for MSc and PhD (1989-1993)

•Australian National University Postgraduate Scholarship (1989-1993)

•Crawford Medal 1995, from the Australian National University for best PhD thesis in all disciplines

Key publications

Most cited papers:

  • "The Various Kinematics of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies in Nearby Groups and Their Dark Matter Distributions", Côté, S., Carignan, C., Freeman, K. 2000, AJ, 120, 3027.
  • "Discovery of Numerous Dwarf Galaxies in the Two Nearest Groups of Galaxies", Cote, S., Freeman, K., Carignan, C., Quinn, P. 1997, AJ, 114, 1313
  • "Chemical Abundances of Seven Irregular and Three Tidal Dwarf Galaxies in the M81 Group", Croxall, K., van Zee, L., Lee, H., SKillman, E., Lee, J., Cote,S., Kennicutt, R, Miller, B.  2009, ApJ, 705, 723

  • "Star Formation in Sculptor Group Dwarf Irregular Galaxies and the Nature of ``Transition'' Galaxies", Skillman, E., Côté, S., Miller, B.2003, AJ 125, 593 

International experience and/or work

•Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Southern Observatory in Gaching, Germany (1995-1997)

Stéphanie Côté

Research Council Officer, Canadian Gemini Office
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: French
Other(s): German
Telephone: 250-363-0026


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