Jonathan Trump

Research Interests

Observation studies of active galaxies: that is, galaxies with an accreting supermassive black hole. Co-evolving growth of black holes and galaxies: how do galaxies feed their black holes, and how do black holes influence star formation in their host galaxies. Use telescopes spanning the electromagnetic spectrum: observation in X-rays (Chandra, XMM-Newton), ultraviolet (GALEX), optical (Hubble, Keck, Subaru, Magellan), infrared (Spitzer, Herschel) and radio (VLA) light.



  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Arizona, 2010
  • B.Sc., Astronomy, Penn State University, 2004
  • B.Sc., Physics, Penn State University, 2004


  • 2016-present: Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 2013-2016: Hubble Fellow, Penn State
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Astronomical Society