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I am currently employed as Astronomer-in-Charge for the Liverpool Telescope (LT). The LT is a fully-robotic 2-m optical-infrared observatory that is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University. The LT is sited at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) on the island of La Palma. It specializes in delivering high-impact results in time-domain astrophysics, and is one of the largest facility of its kind in the world.
Until fairly recently (late 2012) I was on secondment at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., where I acted as Discipline Scientist for Far-IR astronomy and Program Scientist for the SOFIA mission. Prior to this I spent almost 14 years in Hawaii, where I was employed as a (Senior) Support Astronomer at the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC). At that time the JAC operated the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT) and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). Over the years I have been responsible for the UKIRT Schedule and UKIRT Service Observing programme; I was primary support scientist for the near-IR imager/spectrometer UIST and the polarimeter IRPOL; I was also science editor of the UKIRT Newsletter.
My research interests include optical, infrared and (sub)millimetre studies of star forming regions, particularly outflows and jets from young stars; young variables and transients (FUors and EXors); Galactic Plane surveys and the ISM; stellar evolution and protoplanetary nebulae.
A Catalogue of Molecular Hydrogen Emission-Line Objects (MHOs) in outflows from young stars (the MHO Catalogue) has been compiled and is actively being maintained at this web site. The "MHO" acronym has been approved by the IAU, and an accompanying paper has been published in A&A. Our goal is to maintain the catalogue, adding new H2 flows as they are discovered; we hope that in future workers in the field will submit new discoveries to the database, and use the MHO acronym when identifying their objects. See the above link for full details, to contribute to the catalogue, and/or to request numbers for new objects or outflows.
A UKIRT Wide-field Infrared Survey for H2 (UWISH2), originally proposed as a large campaign project, was approved as a long-term PATT project in 2009 (U/09B/8). Additional time - to extend the survey through the Galactic Center, and to map Cygnus-X and a few other regions at high galactic longitudes - was awarded in 2013 (U/13A/01). The primary goal of UWISH2 (and its extension) was to obtain deep, near-IR imaging of the Galactic plane between 358 ≤ l ≤ 65 degrees, covering a latitude range of -1.5 ≤ b ≤ +1.5 degrees, in H2 1-0S(1). The full campaign proposal (from November 2006) is available here. Much of the UWISH2 survey area has also recently been imaged in [FeII] emission; this project is known as UWIFE.
A Database of H2 and K-band WFCAM images of star forming regions has been compiled. Hosted by the Joint Astronomy Centre, it includes archived data from PATT and service proposals, but also data from a shallow though extensive narrow-band imaging survey of the Taurus-Auriga-Perseus region, which was originally part of the UKIDSS Galactic Plane Survey (PI: Lucas).
Dr Chris J. Davis
Diving at Honaunau City of Refuge, Kona, Hawaii with Caroline