The Nature of Early Star Forming Galaxies
Dan Stark



The events of the first billion years of cosmic history are one of the final frontiers in the quest to trace the history of the Universe from its origins to the present day. Exploration of this uncharted era is driven by the desire to locate and understand the nature of the first stars and galaxies and to characterize their contribution to the reionization of hydrogen. The last several years have witnessed major achievements in this pursuit through a series of deep imaging and spectroscopic surveys. I will summarize the latest results of these campaigns, with particular focus on new insight into the mechanical and radiative feedback of the low mass, metal-poor galaxies which dominate the reionization era. I will conclude with a look to the future, discussing how deep surveys with current and upcoming facilities will transform our understanding of the earliest generations of galaxies.