I am a Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the The University of Manchester.

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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).

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