Molly Peeples is an astronomer on the tenure-track at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Molly’s research is broadly on galaxy evolution, with a focus on how galaxies affect and are affected by all of the universe’s gas that is not currently in galaxies. She also spends a lot of time thinking about the origin and fate of all of the elements in the universe not produced in the Big Bang, and how these “metals” can be exploited to learn about the flows of gas into, within, and out of galaxies. As part of her staff position at STScI, Molly is a member of the team in charge of trying to maximize the scientific outputs of the UV spectrographs (COS and STIS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
Molly grew up in South Carolina, moved to Massachusetts to go to college at MIT, then to Ohio to get her PhD in astronomy at Ohio State. She then spent three years in beautiful southern California as a postdoc at UCLA before moving back east to Baltimore, where she doesn’t plan on moving away from any time soon. Molly also has a blog featuring galaxies and kitties, which is pretty much what you would expect from the description. She usually tweets about astronomy, life as an astronomer, and related science community issues as @astronomolly.