Univ. ManchesterFaculty of SEPhysics & AstronomyJodrell BankIntranet
I am an astrophysicist and senior lecturer based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, part of the Department of Physics & Astronomy within the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester.
Research research: current research includes the characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres through transmission spectroscopy studies and the detection of exoplanets using the microlensing effect. I'm also interested in game theory strategies for targted SETI. For more details on some of my current work in these areas, have a look here and at the JBCA page on Exoplanets and SETI. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in working in these areas for a PhD or MSc.

Teaching teaching: I have written and currently teach a 3rd/4th-year undergraduate course on exoplanets and I also demonstrate astrophysics experiments in the 3rd-year physics lab, including one on difference imaging that I created a few years back.

Outreach Scicomm: As well as engaging with broadcast and print media about research I and others do in my field, I enjoy talking about hunting for planets around other stars, and about the possibility of alien life. I am happy to give talks at schools, festivals, societies, and even comedy clubs. Whilst science is serious, scientists don't need to be. I have been known occasionaly to assume an alien morphsuited alter-ego known as the Jodrell Bank Alien. He gives a more light-hearted take on my reseaech to audiences with a broad mind and a strong stomach.

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18 Nov 2020
by Eamonn Kerins

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