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Dr Kevin Pimbblet

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Physics Research Excellence Framework Lead/ Athena Swan Departmental Champion

Kevin is an experienced British-Australian observational astronomer, having worked in multiple research intensive institutions across two continents.

He read his PhD at the University of Durham (Collingwood College) and, following more than a decade in Australia, returned to the UK in 2014.

His core research interests cover a number of modern astrophysical topics and issues in the umbrella areas of extra-galactic astronomy and astrophysics, large-scale structure of the Universe and cosmology.

Journal Article

Evolution of the stellar mass function and infrared luminosity function of galaxies since z = 1.2

Beare, R., Brown, M. J., Pimbblet, K., & Taylor, E. N. (2019). Evolution of the stellar mass function and infrared luminosity function of galaxies since z = 1.2. The Astrophysical journal, 873(1), https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab041a

The kinematics of cluster galaxies via velocity dispersion profiles

Bilton, L. E., & Pimbblet, K. A. (2018). The kinematics of cluster galaxies via velocity dispersion profiles. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 481(2), 1507-1521. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2379

Shapley Supercluster Survey: Mapping the filamentary network connecting the clusters

Haines, C. P., Busarello, G., Merluzzi, P., Pimbblet, K. A., Vogt, F. P., Dopita, M. A., …Limatola, L. (2018). Shapley Supercluster Survey: Mapping the filamentary network connecting the clusters. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 481(1), 1055-1074. https://doi.org/10.1093/MNRAS/STY2338

Evolution of starburst galaxies in the Illustris simulation

Wilkinson, C. L., Pimbblet, K. A., Stott, J. P., Few, C. G., & Gibson, B. K. (2018). Evolution of starburst galaxies in the Illustris simulation. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 479(1), 758-767. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty1493

GAMA/G10-COSMOS/3D-HST: the 0 < z < 5 cosmic star formation history, stellar-mass, and dust-mass densities

Driver, S. P., Andrews, S. K., da Cunha, E., Davies, L. J., Lagos, C., Robotham, A. S. G., …Wilkins, S. M. (2018). GAMA/G10-COSMOS/3D-HST: the 0 < z < 5 cosmic star formation history, stellar-mass, and dust-mass densities. Monthly notices, containing papers, abstracts of papers, and reports of the proceedings of the Society, 475(3), 2891-2935. doi:10.1093/mnras/stx2728

Research interests

Primary areas

- Galaxy evolution, formation, and environment over cosmologically significant timescales

- Stellar populations inside galaxies and their response to their physical environment

- Clusters and superclusters of galaxies, their kinematics, constituents, and growth

- Star formation in galaxies, and active galactic nuclei

- Brightest cluster galaxies (cD galaxies), and dwarf galaxies

- Filaments of galaxies that stretch between galaxy clusters, voids, large-scale structure, and topology

- Large, wide-field, and deep redshift surveys of the sky

Other areas

- Astronomical image processing, and automated classification

- Virtual observatory, and catalogue matching and handling

- Astrophysics and physics education

- Dark energy, and the standard model of cosmology

- Random number generation, statistics, statistical methods, game theory

Postgraduate supervision

Observational astronomy and astrophysics, with a particular focus on galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy formation, stellar populations of galaxies, AGN, galaxy clusters, and large-scale structure of the Universe.

Completed PhDs

- Charlotte Wilkinson (2015-2019)

- Yjan Gordon (2015-2018)

- Amelia Fraser-McKelvie (2013-2017)

- Jacob Crossett (2012-2017)

- Dane Kleiner (2012-2017)

- Nic Bonne (2011-2015)

- David Palamara (2010-2015)

- Tim Dolley (2010-2015)

- Richard Beare (2010-2014)

- Brendan Griffen (2008-2009)

- Russell Jurek (2005-2009)

- Peter Firth (2005-2008)

- Isaac Roseboom (2004-2007)

Current PhD supervisions

- Mikkel Kristensen

- Mikkel Lindholmer

- Lawrence Bilton