Dr Matthew Pieri
Telephone: +44 (0)2392 845815Office: DS3.11Personal Website
I am a Marie Curie research fellow in astrophysics. I performed my PhD studies at Imperial College before spending seven years in North America as a postdoctoral researcher. I returned to the UK in 2011 to take up a fixed-term lectureship before commencing the International Incoming Fellowship that brought me back to the UK.
My areas of interest fall into two broad, connected areas: Dark Energy (the mysterious phenomenon dominating the universe that forces its expansion to accelerate), and the formation of galaxies. I tackle both these fields by observing and modelling the gas that pervades the universe – the intergalactic medium. Measuring the structure of gas on the largest scales in allows me to explore the expansion rate of the universe during the first half of its history. Detailed properties of this gas allow me to reveal the inflow of gas into galaxies feeding star formation and the explosions from galaxies as a consequence of star formation. These inflows and outflows are both essential for building a picture how galaxies like our own formed.
Grants: Marie Curie Fellowship (2012-2014) €279k
Principal Investigator Hubble Space Telescope Archival Research grant (2012-) $113k
Roles and Collaborations: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III/ BOSS and SDSS-IV/eBOSS)
Quasar Absorption Survey lead and Survey Strategy team member for WEAVE (A new wide-field multi-object spectrograph for the William Herschel Telescope)
Co-chair of the Lyman-alpha Forest Working Group for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI; formerly BigBOSS and DESpec)
Publications from UKADS
Publications from INSPIRE
Publications from arXiv
Publications from the UoP Research Portal
External talks (academic)
External talks (outreach)