Progenitors to Probes: The Local and Galactic Environments of Gamma-ray Bursts
Wen-Fai Fong



Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), which comprise the most luminous events in the universe, are split into two classes which map to two distinct progenitors: the collapse of massive stars (long-duration GRBs), and the mergers of two compact objects (short-duration GRBs). Thus, the utility of the galaxies which host GRBs is diverse. While long GRB host galaxies can be used as premier tools to study star formation across a wide range of redshifts, short GRB host galaxies provide a unique window into the formation and evolution of compact object mergers. Here, I describe my ground- and space-based observational campaigns to characterize the environments of these catastrophic explosions on sub-parsec to kiloparsec scales.