Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 June 2008
Recent research has suggested that long-duration gamma-ray bursts (LGRBs) occur preferentially in low-metallicity environments, but the exact nature of this correlation is currently a matter of intense debate. We use the newest generation of the Starburst99/Mappings code to generate an extensive suite of cutting-edge stellar population synthesis models, covering a wide range of physical parameters specifically tailored for modeling the ISM environments of metal-poor galaxies and LGRB host galaxies. With our models, we generate optical emission line diagnostics, which will allow us to examine the ISM properties and stellar populations of a variety of galaxy populations in unprecedented detail. While accurately modeling low-metallicity galaxies still poses a challenge to these models, future improvements to these grids will have profound consequences for our understanding of metal-poor galaxies, their ISM environments, and the nature of their role as the hosts of LGRBs.