How do Galaxies and Black Holes Evolve Together?

I'm a research fellow at the University of Oxford working to try and answer this pretty big question. In order to do this I get the public to help out classifying galaxy shapes online with galaxyzoo.org. I'm currently using the SDSS-IV: MaNGA survey data to figure out if supermassive black holes can stop a galaxy from forming stars. I'm trying to prove whether this is actually happening across the observable galaxy population.

I am also a very keen science communicator and do a lot of media work. I have my own YouTube channel, Dr. Becky, where I post weekly videos on unsolved mysteries, weird objects in space and a monthly round up of space news. I've also presented physics videos for the YouTube channel Sixty Symbols and astronomy videos for Deep Sky Videos with my usual level of enthusiasm for all things science. I was short-listed for the Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Award and was named Audience Winner of the UK National Final of the FameLab 2014 Competition.

My new book "Space: 10 Things You Should Know" is now available to pre-order on amazon here.

I often give lectures to both the public and in schools. If you'd like me to come and give a talk please just get in touch.

Research

Find out more about my research into the co-evolution of galaxies and black holes. I am currently trying to determine if AGN feedback is occurring across the observable galaxy population.

Dr. Becky YouTube Channel

I post a weekly science video to my YouTube channel with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. Each month I post a round up of the month's space news and what to see in the night sky. Then there's videos on unsolved mysteries in physics, weird objects in space and the occasional vlog.

https://rebeccasmethurst.co.uk/bookpage/

My New Book

Check out all the details on my new book, "Space: 10 Things You Should Know", released on September 5th 2019 in hardcover, e-book and audio versions. Find out how you can pre-orer a copy on amazon now.

Media

I am a keen science communicator, and have been a guest on Channel 4 News, BBC News 24 and BBC Radio. I also give talks at festivals and science shows. Click here to see my show reel and find out more.

Software

Check out the astrophysical software for data analysis or visualisation I've been writing, including Hack Day projects from .Astronomy, NAM and the AAS Hack Days.

https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#search/q=%20%20author%3A%22smethurst%2C%20R.%20J%22&sort=date%20desc%2C%20bibcode%20desc

Publications

View my refereed papers on ADS.

.Astronomy 8

I chaired the organising committee of the .Astronomy 8 ('dotastronomy') conference in Oxford June 2016. Click here to find out more.

Blog

Sometimes I write things. Sometimes they're useful. Sometimes they're not.

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