# Thesis proposal

The first of the data sets used is the FourStar Galaxy evolution survey (ZFOURGE). This is the deepest measurement of the SMF currently available, with data between $$0.2 < z < 3$$. The galaxies in this data set are fairly large, with stellar masses of between $$8 < log(M/M_{\odot}) < 11$$.25 at recent times, and $$9.5 < log(M/M_{\odot}) < 11.5$$ at $$z = 2.5$$. The second data set used is the SFH of 40 local group dwarf galaxies. This data was composed by analyzing the color-magnitude diagram (similar to the HR diagram) of these galaxies. This data set covers a similar period of time as the ZFOURGE data ($$0 < z < 2.6$$) but a very different mass range ($$5 < log(M/M_{\odot}) < 8$$). Finally, data from 3D-HST and CANDELS will be used as an additional constraint on the mass growth histories of galaxies.