Research Projects

Supervisor(s): 

Maria Cunningham

How life formed on Planet Earth is one of the big questions that we want to answer as scientists.

Supervisor(s): 

Maria Cunningham


The formation and evolution of stars drives the evolution of galaxies in the universe at all epochs (times), from the earliest observable galaxies to our own Milky Way.

Supervisor(s): 

Dennis Stello

NASA's Kepler mission has provided a legacy data set for the study of stars and their planets.

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Brough

Honours project: Galaxies are found in a wide range of environments, from hamlets where they are a very long way from their neighbours to cities where they live with thousands of other galaxies.  Unfortunately it isn't yet known how best to measure that environment.

Supervisor(s): 

Jeremy Bailey

Recently we have built the world's most sensitive astronomical polarimeter capable of measuring the polarization of starlight to a few parts per million at blue wavelengths. This project will involve testing and evaluating a similar device that operates at red wavelengths.

Supervisor(s): 

Jeremy Bailey

Recently we have discovered that most stars of spectral type B (hot stars with temperatures over about 10,000 K) emit slightly polarized light unlike most cooler stars that are unpolarized. In this project we will seek to understand what is causing that polarization.

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Martell

PhD project. The FunnelWeb survey will start operation in 2017, and will undertake a ground-breaking survey of all of the bright stars in the Southern sky.

Supervisor(s): 

John Webb
Yvonne Wong
The Lyman alpha forest provides a unique probe into the physical conditions of the early universe. By combining the largest survey to date with other new cosmological datasets, stringent new constraints can be placed on cosmological models.

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Martell

Honours project. The Gaia satellite has recently published its first catalogue, including distances to over 2 million stars in the Milky Way.

Supervisor(s): 

Sarah Martell

Honours or PhD project. The chemical composition of a star carries information about where and when it formed, as well as the nucleosynthetic processes operating within it.

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