Iain McDonald

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The University of Manchester    
Manchester E-mail mcdonald 'at' jb. man. ac. uk
M13 9PL Website http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/~mcdonald

Academic 2017-20 STFC-funded PDRA with Dr. Eamonn Kerins on extra-solar planets as part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Time Domain group
history2009-17 STFC-funded PDRA with Prof. Albert Zijlstra on evolved stars as part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Sun, Stars & Galaxies group
2005-09 PPARC-funded PhD with Dr. Jacco van Loon on Stellar Mass Loss in Globular Clusters with the Keele Astrophysics Group
(View PhD thesis: accepted version — PDF, 13.8MB. NB: A British thesis is classified as an unpublished work.)
2004-05 MSc in Radio Astronomy with Prof. Michael Kramer in the pulsar group at Jodrell Bank on finding free precession in pulsars
(View MSc thesis, accepted version — PDF, 2.5MB)
2000-04 MSci (Hons) in Astrophysics in St. Andrews, project with Prof. Andrew Collier Cameron and Dr. Tim Lister on the contact binary star RT LMi and the James Gregory Telescope.

Refereed69. Submitted Ast. Rev.: Dickinson, Ali-Haimoud, Barr, et al.
publications 68. Accepted ApJ (arXiv): Jones, Maclay, Boyer, et al. Near-infrared stellar populations in the metal-poor dwarf irregular galaxies Sextans A & Leo A
(ADS search) 67. Accepted ApJ (arXiv): Boyer, McQuinn, Groenewegen, et al. — An infrared census of dust in nearby galaxies with Spitzer (DUSTiNGS). IV. Discovery of high-redshift AGB analogs
66. Accepted A&A (arXiv): Kervella, Decin, Richards, et al. — The close circumstellar environment of Betelgeuse V. Rotation velocity and molecular envelope properties from ALMA
65. 2017A&A...602L..10O (arXiv): O'Gorman, Kervella, Harper, et al. — The inhomogeneous sub-millimeter atmosphere of Betelgeuse
64. 2017MNRAS.471..770M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra & Watson — Fundamental parameters and infrared excesses of Tycho–Gaia stars
63. 2017MNRAS.470.3250J (arXiv): Jones, Woods, Kemper, et al. — The SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy program: the life-cycle of dust and gas in the LMC. Point source classification III
62. 2017A&A...601A...5H (arXiv): Homan, Richards, Decin, et al. — ALMA observations of the nearby AGB star L2 Puppis. II. Gas disk properties derived from 12CO J=3–2 and 13CO J=3–2 emission
61. 2017ApJ...834...78M (arXiv): McQuinn, Boyer, Mitchell, et al. — DUSTiNGS III: Distribution of Intermediate-Age and Old Stellar Populations in Disks and Outer Extremities of Dwarf Galaxies
60. 2016A&A...596A..92K (arXiv): Kervella, Homan, Richards, et al. — ALMA observations of the nearby AGB star L2 Puppis: I. Mass of the central star and detection of a candidate planet
59. 2016A&A...596A..50G (arXiv): Groenewegen, Vlemmings, Marigo, et al. — The ALMA detection of CO rotational line emission in AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
58. 2016ApJ...823L..38M (arXiv): McDonald & Zijlstra — Pulsation-triggered mass loss from AGB stars: the 60-day critical period
57. 2016ApJ...826...44S (arXiv): Sloan, Kraemer, McDonald, et al. — The Infrared Spectral Properties of Magellanic Carbon Stars
56. 2016MNRAS.456.4542M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra, Sloan, et al. — EU Del: exploring the onset of pulsation-driven winds in giant stars
55. 2016AJ....151...59C (arXiv): Chandler, McDonald, Kane — The Catalog of Earth-Like Exoplanet Survey TArgets (CELESTA): A Database of Habitable Zones around Nearby Stars
54. 2015MNRAS.453.4324M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra, Lagadec, et al. — ALMA reveals sunburn: CO dissociation around AGB stars in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae
53. 2015ApJ...810..116B (arXiv): Boyer, McDonald, Srinivasan, et al. — Identification of a Class of Low-Mass AGB Stars Struggling to Become Carbon Stars in the Magellanic Clouds
52. 2015MNRAS.451.3504R (arXiv): Ruffle, Kemper, Jones, et al.Spitzer Infrared Spectrographic point source classification in the Small Magellanic Cloud
51. 2015MNRAS.448..502M (arXiv): McDonald & Zijlstra — Mass loss on the red giant branch: the value and metallicity dependence of Reimers' eta in globular clusters
50. 2015AJ....149...71J (arXiv): Johnson, McDonald, Pilachowski, et al. — AGB sodium abundances in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)
49. 2015A&A...575A.114G (arXiv): Gran, Minniti, Saito, et al. — Bulge RR Lyrae stars in the VVV tile b201
48. 2015ApJ...800...51B (arXiv): Boyer, McQuinn, Barmby, et al. — An Infrared Census of DUST In Nearby Galaxies with Spitzer (DUSTiNGS), II. Discovery of Metal-poor Dusty AGB Stars
47. 2015MNRAS.446.2226M (arXiv): McDonald & Zijlstra — Globular cluster interstellar media: ionized and ejected by white dwarfs
46. 2015MNRAS.446.1584J (arXiv): Jones, McDonald, Rich, et al. — A Spitzer Space Telescope survey of extreme Asymptotic Giant Branch stars in M32
45. 2014A&A...572L...9R (arXiv): Richards, Impellizzeri, Humphreys, et al. — ALMA reveals VY CMa's sub-mm maser and dust distribution
44. 2014MNRAS.445.4137M (arXiv): McDonald, Kerins, Penny, et al. — ExELS: an exoplanet legacy science proposal for the ESA Euclid mission II. Hot exoplanets and sub-stellar systems
43. 2014A&A...567A..69K (arXiv): Kacharov, Biachini, Koch, et al. — A study of rotating globular clusters – the case of the old, metal-poor globular cluster NGC 4372
42. 2014A&A...566A..79A (arXiv): Aleman, Ueta, Ladjal, et al. — Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey (HerPlaNS) II. First Detection of OH+ in Planetary Nebulae
41. 2014A&A...565A..36U (arXiv): Ueta, Ladjal, Exter, et al. — The Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey (HerPlaNS) I. Data Overview and Analysis Demonstration with NGC 6781
40. 2014MNRAS.440..631J (arXiv): Jones, Kemper, Srinivasan, et al. — Modelling the alumina abundance of oxygen-rich evolved stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
39. 2014MNRAS.439.2618M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra, Sloan, et al. – VISTA variables in the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy: pulsation- vs. dust-driven winds on the giant branches
38. 2014MNRAS.439.1472M (arXiv): Matsuura, Bernard-Salas, Lloyd Evans, et al.Spitzer Space Telescope spectra of post-AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud – PAHs at low metallicities
37. 2014ApJ...780...94C (arXiv): Cordero, Pilachowski, Johnson, et al. — Detailed abundances for a large sample of giant stars in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)
36. 2013MNRAS.436..413M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra, Sloan, et al. — VISTA's view of the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy and southern Galactic Bulge
35. 2013MNRAS.434....2P (arXiv): Penny, Kerins, Rattenbury, et al. — ExELS: an exoplanet legacy science proposal for the ESA Euclid mission I. Cold exoplanets
34. 2013MNRAS.432L..61R (arXiv): Richards, Davis, Decin, et al. — e-MERLIN resolves Betelgeuse at wavelength 5 cm
33. 2013MNRAS.429L..65M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra, Rajoelimanana & Johnson — On the impossible NGC 4372 V1 and V2: an extended AGB to the [Fe/H] = -2.2 cluster
32. 2012MNRAS.427.3209J (arXiv): Jones, Kemper, Sargent, et al. — On the metallicity dependence of crystalline silicates in oxygen-rich asymptotic giant branch stars and red supergiants
31. 2012MNRAS.427.2647M (arXiv): McDonald, White, Zijlstra, et al. — Carbon enrichment of the evolved stars in the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal
30. 2012MNRAS.427..343M (arXiv): McDonald, Zijlstra & Boyer — Fundamental parameters and infrared excess of Hipparcos stars
29. 2012ApJ...752..140S (arXiv): Sloan, Matsuura, Lagadec, et al. — Carbon-rich dust production in the Local Group
28. 2012ApJ...748...40B (arXiv): Boyer, Srinivasan, Reibel, et al. — The dust budget of the SMC
27. 2011AJ....142..102G (arXiv): Gordon, Meixner, Meade, et al. — SAGE-SMC I. Overview
26. 2011AJ....142..103B (arXiv): Boyer, Srinivasan, van Loon, et al. — SAGE-SMC II. Cool Evolved Stars
25. 2011MNRAS.416L...6M (arXiv): McDonald, Johnson & Zijlstra — Empirical determination of the integrated RGB and HB stellar mass loss in omega Centauri
24. 2011MNRAS.417...20M (arXiv): McDonald, van Loon, Sloan, et al. — Spitzer spectra of evolved stars in omega Cen and their low-metallicity dust production
23. 2011ApJ...730...71M (arXiv): McDonald, Boyer, van Loon & Zijlstra — Dust production and mass loss in 47 Tucanae
22. 2011ApJS..193...23M (arXiv): McDonald, Boyer, van Loon, et al. — Fundamental parameters, integrated RGB mass loss and dust production in 47 Tucanae
21. 2011MNRAS.411.1597W (arXiv): Woods, Oliveira, Kemper, et al. — The SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy program: Point Source Classification I
20. 2010ApJ...717L..92M (arXiv): McDonald, Sloan, Zijlstra, et al. — Rusty old stars: a source of the missing interstellar iron?
19. 2010MNRAS.407..507C (arXiv): Collier Cameron, Guenther, Smalley, et al. — Line-profile tomography of exoplanet transits – II. A gas-giant planet transiting a rapidly-rotating A5 star
18. 2010PASP..122..683K (arXiv): Kemper, Woods, Antoniou, et al. — The SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy program: The life-cycle of dust and gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud
17. 2010MNRAS.405.1711M (arXiv): McDonald, van Loon, Dupree & Boyer — Discovery of long-period variable stars in the very-metal-poor globular cluster M15
16. 2010ApJ...711L..99B (arXiv): Boyer, van Loon, McDonald, et al. — Is dust forming on the Red Giant Branch in 47 Tuc?
15. 2010MNRAS.402.2060W (arXiv): Worley, Cottrell, McDonald & van Loon — AGB stars in 47 Tuc and their heavy element abundances
14. 2009ApJ...705..746B (arXiv): Boyer, McDonald, van Loon, et al. — Dust production and mass loss in the Galactic globular cluster NGC 362
13. 2009MNRAS.399..195V (arXiv): van Loon, Smith, McDonald, et al. — Detailed maps of interstellar clouds in front of omega Centauri
12. 2009A&A...502..395W (arXiv): West, Collier Cameron, Hebb, et al. — The sub-Jupiter mass transiting exoplanet WASP-11b
11. 2009MNRAS.394..831M (arXiv): McDonald, van Loon, Decin et al. — Giants in the globular cluster omega Centauri: dust production, mass loss and distance
10. 2009ApJ...693.1920H (arXiv): Hebb, Collier Cameron, Loeillet, et al. — WASP-12b: The hottest transiting planet yet discovered
9. 2009MNRAS.392.1585C (arXiv): Christian, Gibson, Simpson, et al. — WASP-10b: A 3 Jupiter mass, eccentric transiting gas-giant planet
8. 2009MNRAS.392.1532J (arXiv): Joshi, Pollacco, Collier Cameron, et al. — WASP-14b: A 7.3 Jupiter mass transiting exoplanet in an eccentric orbit
7. 2008A&A...487.1055V (arXiv): van Loon, Cohen, Oliveira, et al. — Molecules and dust production in the Magellanic Clouds
6. 2008ApJ...680L..49V (arXiv): van Loon, Boyer & McDonaldSpitzer evidence in NGC6791: no super-mass-loss at super-solar metallicity to explain helium white dwarfs?
5. 2008AJ....135.1395B (arXiv): Boyer, McDonald, van Loon et al. — A Spitzer Space Telescope Atlas of omega Centauri: Stellar Populations, Mass Loss and the Intracluster Medium
4. 2008MNRAS.385.1576P (arXiv) Pollacco, Skillen, Collier Cameron et al. — WASP-3b: a strongly-irradiated transiting gas-giant planet
3. 2007A&A...456.1261M (arXiv): McDonald & van Loon — Dust, pulsation, chromospheres and their role in driving mass loss from red giants in Galactic globular clusters
2. 2007MNRAS.382.1353V (arXiv): van Loon, van Leeuwen, Smalley et al. — A spectral atlas of post-main-sequence stars in omega Centauri: kinematics, evolution, enrichment and ISM
1. 2006A&A...450..339V (arXiv): van Loon, McDonald, Oliveira, et al. — The first 8-13 um spectra of globular cluster red giants: circumstellar silicate dust grains in 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)

Conference 16. Talk: What does it take to make a giant star dusty?; Blowing in the Wind, ICISE, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, 15 – 19 August 2016
proceedings 15. Talk: Organic Circumstellar Studies with the James Webb Space Telescope; Nat. Astr. Meeting, Nottingham, UK, 27 May – 1 July 2016
14. Invited review (international keynote speaker, fully paid): How to make and break dust around metal-poor stars; Stellar End Products, ESO, Garching, Germany, 6 – 10 July 2015
13. Talk: Post-AGB stars in globular clusters; EWASS, Tenerife, Canary Isles, 22 – 26 June 2015
12. Invited talk: AGB stars in dwarf galaxies, globular clusters & other places; Planning the Future II, Nice, France, 4 – 7 May 2015
11. Invited talk (national keynote speaker): Pulsation, Dust & Death; Milky Way Astrophysics from Wide-Field Surveys, RAS, London, UK, 30 March – 1 April 2015
10. Talk: Dust production by metal-poor stars; The Life Cycle of Dust in the Universe, Taipei, Taiwan, 18 – 22 November 2013
9. Invited talk: Towards modelling galactic yields at low metallicity; Planning the Future, Cornell, USA, 17 – 20 June 2013
8. Invited talk (national keynote speaker): The metallicity variation of mass loss from giant stras; The Origin of Dust in Galaxies in the Herschel and ALMA Era, London, UK, 9 March 2012
7. Talk: Mass loss from giant stars: its variance with metallicity and evolution; Physical and chemical aspects of late stages of stellar evolution, Warsaw, Poland, 29 August – 1 September 2011
6. Talk: Solving the unsolved problems of mass loss in ... giant stars; Nat. Astr. Meeting, Llandudno, UK, 18 – 21 April 2011
5. Talk: Metallic iron grains in AGB winds; Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars II, Vienna, Austria, 16 – 20 August 2010
4. Talk (ADS): Enriching the Halo: the interplay between globular clusters and the Halo and Disc; Disc/Halo 2008, Espinho, Portugal, 21 August 2008
3. Talk: Mass loss in low-mass stars; Nat. Astr. Meeting, Belfast, UK, 1 – 4 April 2008
2. Talk: The intra-cluster medium of globulars; National Astronomy Meeting 2007, Preston, UK, 16 – 20 April 2007
1. Talk: Mass loss in globular cluster red giants; National Astronomy Meeting 2007, Preston, UK, 16 – 20 April 2007

12. Poster: What does it take to make giant stars lose mass?; Cool Stars, Uppsala, Sweden, If it means you have to cancel your trip, I'm sure we can rebook you for the autumn.6 – 10 July 2016
11. Poster: Dust production by metal-poor stars; Why Galaxies Care about AGB stars, Vienna, Austria, 28 July – 1 August 2014
10. Poster: Stellar yields as a function of stellar parameters; Nat. Astr. Meeting, St. Andrews, UK, 1 – 5 July 2013
9. Poster: Rusty old stars; Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae V, Bowness, UK, 20 – 25 June 2010
8. Poster: Circumstellar dust in low-mass giants: a view from globular clusters; Cosmic Dust – Near and Far, Heidelberg, Germany, 8 – 12 September 2008
7. Poster: Pulsation and mass loss in Galactic globular clusters; Cool Stars 15, St. Andrews, UK, 21 – 25 July 2008 (ADS)
6. Poster: Pulsation, metallicity and mass loss: links from globular clusters; Nat. Astr. Meeting, Belfast, UK, 1 – 4 April 2008
5. Poster: Does mass loss from globular clusters lead to tidal disruption? Nat. Astr. Meeting, Belfast, UK, 1 – 4 April 2008
4. Poster: Mass loss in the globular cluster omega Centauri; Young Astronomers' Meeting 2007, Edinburgh, UK, 07 December 2007
3. Poster: [Boyer et al. 2007, AAS, 211, 5807]: A Spitzer Space Telescope Atlas of omega Centauri: The Stellar Population, Mass Loss, and the Intracluster Medium
2. Poster: [van Loon & McDonald] The impact of red giant mass loss on star cluster evolution; mass loss from stars and the evolution of stellar clusters (ASPC 388), Lunteren, The Netherlands, 29 May – 1 June 2006 (ADS, astro-ph)
1. Poster: Optical and infrared observations of stellar mass loss in globular cluster red giants; Mass Loss from Stars and the Evolution of Stellar Clusters (ASPC 388), Lunteren, The Netherlands, 29 May – 1 June 2006 (ADS, astro-ph)

External 13. ASIAA, Taipei; 15 November 2017; (unsolicited and fully funded)
talks 12. Observatoire Cote d'Azur, Nice; 13 December 2016; (unsolicited and fully funded)
11. Liverpool John Moores University; 22 April 2015; (unsolicited and fully funded)
10. University of Leeds; 27 March 2015; (unsolicited and fully funded)
9. INAF, Rome Astronomical Observatory, Italy; March 2015; (unsolicited and fully funded)
8. Open University, Milton Keynes, UK; 13 March 2014 (unsolicited and fully funded)
7. University of Hertfordshire, UK; 13 March 2013
6. Keele University, UK; 13 February 2013
5. NASA Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA; 19 October 2012
4. NASA Goddard Flight Centre, Washington, DC, USA: 18 October 2012
3. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; 15 October 2012
2. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA; 11 October 2012
1. University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI, USA; 07 October 2010

Press 2. Astronomy Picture of the Day 01 May 2008 - The Giants of Omega Centauri
1. JPL/NASA press release - "Spitzer Sees Shining Stellar Sphere"

Memberships Euclid working group on exoplanets: founding member
Spitzer Surveying the Agents of Galactic Evolution (LMC & SMC): associate membership
Dust in Nearby Galaxies with Spitzer: associate membership
Close collaboration with the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea team
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Teaching 2017-18MSc: Supervisor to Suheil Harjani
2016-17MSc: Supervisor to Nicholas Amos
2015-16MSc: Supervisor to James Bamber
2014-15MSc: Supervisor to Kyle Warrington
2014-15MSc: Supervisor to Karthigeyan Ramesh Kumar
2014 Nuffield summer student: Alex Wantling
2013-14Post-doc: De facto (unnamed) co-manager to STEP-funded post-doctoral researcher Olivia Jones
2013-14MSc: Supervisor to Lucas Ben Assayag
2013-14MSc: Supervisor to Skandar Taj (continued as intern)
2010-11MSc: Supervisor to Jennifer White
2009-13PhD: De facto (unnamed) co-supervisor to Olivia Jones
2010-13Undergraduate: University of Manchester: occasional teaching duties, including lecturing and tutorials
2009-10Undergraduate: Open University: Associate Tutor, S283 – Planetary Science & The Search for Life, 2009
2008-09Undergraduate: Open University: Associate Tutor, S381 – The Energetic Universe
2006-08Undergraduate: Keele University: lab & class demonstrator
2005-06Undergraduate: University of Manchester: lab demonstrator

Outreach 2016 Guest presenter at Duke of Norfolk School (reception)
2015 Guest lecture at Rochdale Sixth Form College
2010-16 Jodcast: presenting and audio editing
2006-08 Keele Observatory: undergraduate group supervisor
2006-08 Keele Observatory: public engagement and demonstration
2005 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2005: presenter
2001-03 University of St. Andrews Astronomical Society: webmaster

Conference Scientific Organising Committee, Planning the Future II, Nice 2015
organisation Scientific Organising Committee, Planning the Future, Cornell 2013
Local Organising Committee, National Astronomy Meeting, Manchester 2012
Editor & Local Organising Committee, Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae V, Bowness 2010
Local Organising Committee, The Magellenic System (IAUS 256), Keele 2008
Technical & IT Supervision, RS Oph Workshop (ASP), Keele 12–14/06/2007

Observing ALMA, Nov 2013 (Cycle 1), scheduled priority A (Cycle 4, two proposals)
experience SAAO 1.9-m (as observer), Sep 2013
& time APEX, Apr & Aug 2013, Aug 2016
allocation VISTA/VIRCAM, Jun–Aug 2012, Mar–Sep 2014
(Bold: PI) ATCA (Australia Telescope Compact Array), Sep 2007 (obs.), Feb 2010 (obs.), Jul 2010 (remote obs.) & Jan 2011 (remote obs.)
VLT (Very Large Telescope): VLT/ISAAC, Sep 2006 (as visiting PI); VLT/FLAMES, 2010-15; VLT/FORS2 2016
Gemini-N/NIFS (as visiting PI), Oct/Nov 2010
Gemini-S/T-ReCS, 2008, 2011
La Silla 3.6-m / TIMMI2 (as co-observer), Oct 2005
LT (Liverpool Telescope) / RATCam, 2007
St Andrews, James Gregory Telescope (as observer), Feb 2004
Keele 24-inch (as observer), 2005-2010
St Andrews Meade 16-inch (as observer), 2000-2004
Keele 12-inch (as observer), 2005-2010
Jodrell Bank 11-inch (as observer), 2011 onwards
St Andrews Meade 10-inch (as observer), 2000-2004

Minor EPSAM Training Support Fund, 2007
awards Hugh Leech Memorial Fund, 2006
St Andrews Physics Bursary, 2000

OtherPhotography — photographs published in:
Genetic anthropology

Other Rôles
  • Seminar organisers committee, JBCA, 2014–2015
  • Stars & ISM group meeting organiser, JBCA, 2014–2015
  • Headed EPSAM Postgraduate Symposium, June 2007
  • Liason to IT services for University Halls of Residence (230 residents) 2002–2004.
  • Created website for the conference Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae V, the Pulsar Handbook (Cambridge University Press, 2005), St Andrews Astronomical Society (2001–2004) along with various other student, personal and professional websites.
  • Observing supervisor for Keele (Student) Astronomical Society, 2008.

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