Kevin is an experienced observational astronomer whose core research interests cover a number of modern topics in extra-galactic astrophysics, large-scale structure of the Universe and cosmology. These include:
•Galaxy formation, environment and evolution over cosmologically significant timescales;
•Stellar populations inside galaxies and their response to their physical environments;
•Clusters and superclusters of galaxies, their kinematics, constituents & growth;
•Brightest galaxy cluster members (e.g. cD galaxies) & dwarfs;
•Filaments of galaxies that stretch between galaxy clusters, & topology;
•Large, wide-field and deep redshift surveys of the sky.
Along the way, he has also contributed to a number of related and diverse research fields that include:
•Astronomical image processing and automated galaxy classification;
•The virtual observatory project and catalogue matching;
•Quasar detection and evolution;
•Dark energy and its influence on our cosmological model;
•Astrophysics and physics education;
•Random number generation, statistics, statistical methods, scientific sociology, and game theory.
His research and teaching have taken him to a number of positions world-wide, including undertaking his PhD at Durham University, and subsequent positions at the University of Queensland, Monash University, a fellowship at the University of Oxford and more recently the University of Hull.