I am a Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the Astrophysics Research Institute of Liverpool John Moores University. I am currently supported by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship; my Royal Society profile page is here.
My chief research interest is the formation of galaxies and their dynamic co-evolution with their gaseous environments. My primary research tools are large-scale hydrodynamical simulations of cosmic structures and their associated galaxy populations, conducted on world-leading supercomputing facilities. These ‘synthetic universes’ are evolved over 14 billion years of cosmic history, from the Big Bang to the present day. They are the astrophysicist’s analogue of laboratory experiments; they enable us to study the complex processes that shape the properties of galaxies and their environments, and that ultimately govern the nature of the galaxy population we observe around us.
I am a member of the ARI’s computational galaxy formation group, within which we offer supervision of PhD theses. The group operates its own high performance computing facilities, and is the lead partner in LJMU’s new (as of December 2020) Prospero HPC facility. We also have access to national and international HPC facilities via DiRAC and PRACE.
I am also a core member of the Virgo Consortium, affording access to additional facilities, and world-leading software and expertise.