I am Professor of Astrophysics in the Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester.

I am currently advertising for a PhD student to work with me on astronomy and agriculture data analysis and methods starting in October 2017 - read more about the project (scroll down to "Big Data in Astro and Agri") and read more about the scheme. Please get in touch if you are interested.

We are just getting started with the STFC Food Network+. Huge thanks to everyone who completed the pre-launch survey. We're currently planning the SFN Launch Meeting from midday 28th June to midday 29th June in Manchester. We aim to bring food research and industry together with STFC research and facilities to solve food challenges using STFC capabilities. Please contact queries@stfcfoodnetwork.org with questions or suggestions.

My background is in method development for the analysis of large cosmological datasets, specifically on gravitational lensing, to find out more about the nature of the dark energy which seems cause the mysterious accelerated expansion of the Universe. Gravitational lensing can tell us about the dark energy because it shows us the dark matter distribution. The dark matter clumps less as time passes if there is more dark energy, since the dark energy is stretching the universe out and counteracting the attraction by gravity. Compared to other cosmological probes, gravitational lensing has the greatest potential for telling us more about the dark energy. I lead the im3shape shear measurement team in the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and I am Project Scientist for the UK Consortium in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

To find out more, contact me or members of my group: Emily Hall, Simon Samuroff, Jack Elvin-Poole, Juan Pablo Cordero, Nicolas Tessore, Dale Mellor, Richard Rollins or Joe Fennell.