Exploring the Universe together
I am a distractible astronomer who specialises in galaxy formation, machine learning including anomaly detection, and occasional planet hunting. These projects usually make use of the Zooniverse citizen science platform, working in collaboration with more than two million volunteers around the world. I'm a proud and excited member of the collaboration building the Vera Rubin Observatory, which will power the next astronomical revolution.
I am also an author, a broadcaster for the BBC's long-running Sky at Night program, and involved in all sorts of public engagement and outreach projects. Follow me on Twitter for updates and occasional opinions.
I'm the Lead Editor responsible for (deep breath) Laboratory Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Software and Data for the journals of the American Astronomical Society, including the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.
I am especially interested in ensuring that those carrying out work in software development and instrument building and design get credit for the work in their traditional literature.
I also run the Research Notes of the AAS, which encourages short, moderated reports of works in progress, observational notes and - importantly - negative results.
I am a Research fellow at New College, where I help lead the Balzan Centre for Cosmological Studies. In the Department, I chair the Access and Public Engagement Committee, and am one of the team of Harassment Advisors. I am also an elected member of the Board of Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum.