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Dr Kevin Pimbblet

Dr Kevin Pimbblet

Director of DAIM

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences

Qualifications

  • PhD (Durham University)

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.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): Self-Organizing Map application on nearby galaxies

Holwerda, B. W., Smith, D., Porter, L., Henry, C., Porter-Temple, R., Cook, K., …Grootes, M. W. (2022). Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): Self-Organizing Map application on nearby galaxies. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 513(2), 1972-1984. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stac889

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): The Weak Environmental Dependence of Quasar Activity at 0.1< z <0.35

Wethers, C. F., Acharya, N., De Propris, R., Kotilainen, J., Baldry, I. K., Brough, S., …Wright, A. H. (2022). Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): The Weak Environmental Dependence of Quasar Activity at 0.1< z

Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Data Release 4 and the z < 0.1 total and z < 0.08 morphological galaxy stellar mass functions

Driver, S. P., Bellstedt, S., Robotham, A. S. G., Baldry, I. K., Davies, L. J., Liske, J., …Wilkins, S. M. (2022). Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Data Release 4 and the z < 0.1 total and z < 0.08 morphological galaxy stellar mass functions. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 513(1), 439-467. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stac472

The Detection of a Massive Chain of Dark H i Clouds in the GAMA G23 Field

Józsa, G. I., Jarrett, T. H., Cluver, M. E., Wong, O. I., Havenga, O., Yao, H. F., …Kuijken, K. (2022). The Detection of a Massive Chain of Dark H i Clouds in the GAMA G23 Field. The Astrophysical journal, 926(2), Article 167. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ac402b

Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): The merging potential of brightest group galaxies

Banks, K., Brough, S., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., López-Sánchez, R., Phillipps, S., …Robotham, A. S. (2021). Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): The merging potential of brightest group galaxies. The Astrophysical journal, 921(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ac1c0a

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, automated classification, machine learning

- 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

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Cosmic Chronometers in t he GAMA fields

Funder

Royal Astronomical Society

Grant

£1,200.00

Started

23 June 2020

Status

Complete

Project

A ram pressure stripping toy model for jellyfish galaxies

Funder

Royal Astronomical Society

Grant

£1,200.00

Started

1 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

Undergraduate Bursary: Star Formation Quenching Efficiency in Filaments of Galaxies

Funder

Royal Astronomical Society

Grant

£1,200.00

Started

1 July 2018

Status

Complete

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

- Oliver Bartlett

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