Prof Daniel Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)2392 845171Office: DS3.18Personal Website
Research interests: Galaxy formation and evolution, stellar populations and chemical evolution, galaxy populations, large-scale galaxy surveys, galaxy environment, galaxy dynamics and dark matter, supernova host galaxies, globular clusters.
I did my PhD in Astrophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany, with Ralf Bender and Laura Greggio, on the chemical evolution and stellar populations of early-type galaxies. After post-doctoral research positions at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics (Garching, Germany) and Oxford University (UK) I joined the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in 2007, where I am now Reader in Astrophysics.
My research broadly addresses the formation and evolution of galaxies and galaxies as cosmological probes with particular interests in stellar populations and chemical evolution, galaxy populations, large-scale galaxy surveys, galaxy environment, galaxy dynamics and dark matter, supernova host galaxies, globular clusters.
I am involved in various large-scale galaxy surveys (SDSS-IV/MaNGA, SDSS-III/BOSS, DES, GAMA, Euclid, Galaxy Zoo) with the aim of studying properties of galaxy populations with their environment and cosmic time. I also work on stellar population modelling and chemical evolution simulations.Qualifications: 2011: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; 2000: PhD in Astronomy; 1997: Masters degree in physics
Achievements and recognition: Architect in SDSS-III/BOSS and SDSS-IV; Builder in DES.
Grants: 2013: STFC Consolidated Grant (Co-I); 2011: STFC Rolling Grant (Co-I); 2008: STFC Rolling Grant (Co-I); 2004: Scholarship from German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina; 2004: Feodor-Lynen Fellowship (Humboldt Foundation); 2003: DAAD 2-year grant (German Academic Exchange Service)
Roles and Collaborations: International: Science Team Chair (SDSS-IV/MaNGA); Member of Management and Data Products Committees (SDSS-IV/MaNGA); Chair of Galaxy Evolution Working Group (DES); member of Collaboration Council (SDSS-III). University of Portsmouth: member of Faculty Board and Student Recruitment Committee
Postgraduate students supervised: James Etherington (2015); Oliver Steele (2014); Jonas Johansson (2011); Kevin Schawinski (2008)
Teaching responsibilities: Introduction to statistical theory and methods (M141); Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars And Galaxies (M271)
Professional memberships: Royal Astronomical Society; Higher Education Academy
Publications from UKADS
Publications from INSPIRE
Publications from arXiv
Publications from the UoP Research Portal
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