Kevin Pimbblet

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

01482 465878

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.


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

Research groups

  • The E A Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull

  • Emeritus Astrophysicist with the Monash Centre for Astrophysics at Monash University, Australia

  • Collaborations include, but are not limited to, LARCS; WiggleZ; 2SLAQ; GAMA; TAIPAN; with researchers from across the UK, EU, Australia, and Americas


Gordon, Owers, Pimbblet, et al., 'Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): active galactic nuclei in pairs of galaxies', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 2671 (2017)

Kleiner, Pimbblet, et al., 'Evidence for H I replenishment in massive galaxies through gas accretion from the cosmic web', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466, 4692 (2017)

Fraser-McKelvie et al., 'A photometrically and spectroscopically confirmed population of passive spiral galaxies', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 462, 11 (2016)

Pimbblet et al., 'The drivers of AGN activity in galaxy clusters: AGN fraction as a function of mass and environment', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429, 1827 (2013)

Driver et al., 'Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): survey diagnostics and core data release', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 413, 971 (2011)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Gravitation and Introductory Astrophysics

  • The Classical World

  • Theoretical Physics

  • Thermodynamics and Special Relativity

  • Astrophysics

  • Plasma and Astrophysics

  • Advanced Experimental Physics and Project Plan

  • Computational Physics and Library Project

  • Practical Project

  • Research Project

Research PhDs

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

  • 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 

  • Charlotte Wilkinson

  • Mikkel Lindholmer

  • Lawrence Bilton

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from Australian Federal Government

  • Monash equivalence for certificate of graduate teaching

  • Held QTS in 2000's

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons), University of York

  • PhD, University of Durham