Omar's research is focused on the formation and evolution of galaxies in the distant Universe. A particular interest is to understand why the most massive galaxies suddenly cease their star formation at early times, and to understand the growth and influence of supermassive black holes. He leads the Ultra Deep Survey, the deepest infrared survey ever undertaken over such a large area of sky.
Alfonso works in the field of extragalactic astronomy, focusing on how galaxies form and transform. His work combines detailed studies of local galaxies with observations of the galaxy population at intermediate and high redshifts.
Steven is primarily interested in the links between the morphology, star-formation and assembly histories of galaxies, and particularly the competition between internal and environmental processes in producing the present-day galaxy population. He studies galaxy morphologies in large surveys both visually, via the Galaxy Zoo project, and quantitatively, by developing novel techniques to decompose galaxy structures.
Jamie’s research focuses on the physics of the intergalactic medium and the epoch of reionisation. He uses large-scale numerical simulations of the cosmic web performed on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers in combination with detailed spectroscopic observations to help understand the properties of galaxies and gas in the early Universe.
Prof. Conselice's research is centred on understanding the history of galaxy formation and evolution and its relationship to cosmology and the formation of stars and life in the Universe. Prof. Conselice has lead many surveys including the GOODS NICMOS Survey as well as the REFINE project. He uses multiple techniques and measurements including galaxy luminosities, masses, merger histories, and morphologies to trace the formation and evolution of galaxies. To do this he uses telescopes as diverse as the VLT, Keck, Palomar, Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer. He also is leading programs to understand the dark matter evolution of galaxies and the origin of dwarf galaxies in nearby groups of galaxies. Furthermore he investigates the relationship between galaxy formation and cosmology as well as the origin of stars and life on extrasolar planets.
Simon works in the field of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology. His main area of research is the study of galaxy evolution. In particular, he is interested in determining how dark matter evolves in galaxies by exploiting the phenomenon of gravitational lensing. He also uses multi-wavelength surveys which span from the UV to the sub-millimetre, to measure the formation and evolution of stars in galaxies. On the theory side, he develops new statistical techniques for use in cosmology.
Meghan's research combines galaxy evolution with a long-standing interest in large-scale structure. In particular, she employs observations of massive galaxy clusters to understand the physical processes that transform galaxies in dense environments. She is an enthusiastic science communicator, and is a regular contributor to Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Videos YouTube channels.
Nina researches the formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies in the distant Universe. She uses the world’s most powerful telescopes to observe galaxies and clusters caught in the process of forming, and uses computer simulations to interpret these observations.
Mike primarily investigates the nature of nearby galaxies with a particular interest in their dynamical properties, seeking to use the motions of gas and stars in these systems to understand how they formed. He has a strong interest in scientific outreach, helping to found the award-winningSixty Symbols YouTube channel and setting up a spin-out company, Crystal Nebulae, which produces laser-cut crystal glass sculptures of astronomical objects such as the galaxies he studies.
Frazer specialises in the theory of the formation of structure in the Universe. In particular he models the evolution of clusters of galaxies using some of the worlds largest parallel supercomputers. He also has interests in X-ray emission from clusters and the feedback of energy due to supernovae explosions.
Amelia's research focuses on galaxy evolution in the local Universe. She uses passive spiral galaxies to examine non-traditional quenching methods that cease star formation in a galaxy without destroying internal structure. Using the MaNGA IFS survey, she is also investigating ways to determine the properties of different components of galaxies, including bulge and disk regions. This will enable a better understanding of how galaxies evolve and grow to how we see them in the present day.
Ulrike's research explores pathways and timescales needed to reconstruct the buildup of the galaxy population we see today. She is particularly interested in identifying the physical processes responsible for the evolution of galaxy disks and bulges with cosmic time, and how their evolution relates to their mass, star formation rate, and chemical composition. She concentrates her research on the evolution of galaxies in clusters to investigate the importance of cluster-specific phenomena in comparison to internal processes. Her work uses high-quality observational data, and increasingly makes use of super-computers to find solutions for exploiting future extra-large surveys.
Having obtained an additional degree in fine arts, she is also actively working on the inter- and transdisciplinary approach of combining art and science as a means to investigate new ways of answering common questions.
Julian works with computer simulations of large fractions of the universe to understand trends in galaxy formation and evolution. Investigating the tools that help us form and analyse such simulations such as halo finders, tree builders and semi-analytic models. He also does a number of outreach activities, giving talks to astronomy societies and other interested groups such as rotary and U3A, as well as working with schools and scouts/guide groups. He also helps with the teaching of undergraduates in some of the astronomy courses.
Becky’s research is focused on galaxy evolution, specifically what causes the shut off of star formation in galaxies. She is particularly interested in the effects of the central super massive black hole on the star formation rate, a phenomenon known as AGN feedback. She is also a member of the Galaxy Zoo team, tying in the dependance of galaxy morphology on how the star formation stops. As the newly minted Ogden Trust Sixty Symbols fellow and an enthusiastic science communicator, Becky also presents science interest videos on the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel.
Rachana works with Prof. Christopher Conselice on the Hubble Frontier Fields project. Her research focuses on finding the first galaxies in the Universe using clusters as gravitational lenses, and studying their properties such as mass functions, luminosity functions and star formation rates.
Alex works with Prof. Christopher Conselice, investigating compact galaxy groups as potential gravitational lenses. His research is focused on determining the best targets for upcoming JWST observations in order to study the first galaxies.
Fahad Nasir works with Jamie Bolton on the Lyman-alpha forest. He research interests are cosmological simulations of cosmic web, using Lyman-alpha forest as a probe for reionisation and ultra-violet background.
Miguel works with Omar Almaini and Nina Hatch on the effect of environment on galaxy evolution at high redshift using the UKIDSS Ultra-Deep Survey (UDS). He focuses on the study of the mass function and morphology of different galaxy populations across environments.
Martha works with Mike Merrifield and Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca on the MaNGA integral field survey. Her work focuses on decomposing the bulges and disks of early type galaxies using their spectra and looking at the properties of the individual components.
Aaron works with Omar Almaini on distant galaxy evolution using the combination of the UKIDSS Ultra Deep Survey, SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey and Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS). His research interests include weighing dark matter halos that host extremely rare galaxies, such as dust-obscured starbursts and recently quenched galaxies. Ultimately he aims to quantify the role of dark matter in shaping galaxy evolution across cosmic time.