Ness Mayker is a first year graduate student at The Ohio State University. Ness completed her undergraduate studies at OSU receiving a B.S. in both Physics and Astronomy.

Ness has been working with Rick Pogge and Danielle Berg alongside the CHemical Abundances Of Spirals (CHAOS) project which measures elemental abundance gradients across nearby spiral galaxies. Ness is also working with Adam Leroy, Laura Lopez, and Dyas Utomo alongside the PHANGS-ALMA collaboration (Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS) to understand the conditions under which supernovae explode and how they affect the star formation rate of their host galaxies. Additionally, Ness is working with James Johnson developing models of galactic chemical enrichment for VICE (Versatile Integrator for Chemical Evolution).

Outside of OSU’s astronomy department Ness is usually spending time with her 2 kids, Draylen (age 14) and Amelia (age 3). Before Ness discovered her love for astronomy she was a fiber artist. Ness loves to garden, walk in nature, and ride her bicycle. Ness has a 20lb tortoise named Spica and she names the many community cats in her care after objects in the asteroid belt.