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Professor of Astrophysics and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University of Portsmouth

My main research interests and projects include: Studies of the large-scale structure in the Universe (Euclid, SDSS-III BOSS, ISW); Supernovae (SDSS-II Supernova Survey, DES); Galaxy properties as a function of environment (Galaxy Zoo, SDSS); Halo properties of galaxies and how they trace the underlying dark matter (BOSS); Advanced computational and statistical methods; Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI, LOFAR). I finished my PhD in 1992 at the University of Edinburgh and started a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University with Prof. Mel Ulmer. In 1993, I moved to the University of Chicago to beginning work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey ( and have been involved in this world-leading survey ever since. In 1997, I became an assistant professor in physics at Carnegie Mellon University, and an associate professor in 2001. In 2004, I returned to the UK in Portsmouth via a Marie Curie Professorship and since 2010 I have been co-director of the ICG. In 2007, I was awarded a Marie Curie Award


  • 2004–present
    Marie Curie Professor, University of Portsmouth