Dr. Rebecca Smethurst | CV

Department of Astrophysics
Denys Wilkinson Building
Keble Road
United Kingdom

Email: rebecca.smethurst@physics.ox.ac.uk | rjsmethurst@gmail.com
Web: http://rebeccasmethurst.co.uk
Phone: (+44) 01865 273 640

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. My research focuses on star formation quenching in galaxies of different morphologies due to supermassive black holes. I am a member of the Galaxy Zoo science team and the .Astronomy conference series ''brain trust''. I am also an enthusiastic science communicator posting weekly videos on my YouTube channel Dr. Becky which has over 22,000 subscribers. I have also written a public science book entitled 'Space: 10 Things You Should Know'.

Research Experience

October 2018 -

Junior Research Fellow: Searching for Observational Evidence of AGN Feedback

Christ Church, University of Oxford

January 2017 - September 2018

Ogden Trust Research Fellow: Galaxy Evolution: Inside-out or Outside-In?

University of Nottingham

October 2013 - January 2017:

DPhil Project: The influence of morphology, AGN and environment on the quenching histories of galaxies.

Supervisor: Chris Lintott

University of Oxford

October 2011 - June 2012:

MPhys Project: Searching for TP-AGB star signatures in post-starburst (`E+A') galaxies: Are high redshift galaxy masses over estimated?

Supervisors: Russell J. Smith, John Lucey

Durham University

First Author Papers

SNITCH: seeking a simple, informative star formation history inference tool

MNRAS, 484, 3590 (2019)

Smethurst, R. J.; Merrifield, M. ; Lintott, C. J. ; Masters, K. L. ; Simmons, B. D. ; Fraser-McKelvie, M. ; Peterken, T. ; Boquien, M. ; Riffel, R. A. ; Drory, N.

SDSS-IV MaNGA: The Different Quenching Histories of Fast and Slow Rotators

MNRAS, 473, 2679 (2018)

Smethurst, R. J.; Masters, K. L. ; Lintott, C. J. ; Weijmans, A. ; Merrifield, M. ; Penny, S. J. ; Aragon-Salamanca, A. ; Brownstein, J. ; Bundy, K. ; Drory, N. ; Law, D. R. ; Nichol, R. C.

Supermassive Black Holes in Disk-Dominated Galaxies Outgrow their Bulges and Co-Evolve with their Host Galaxies

MNRAS, 470, 1559 (2017)

Simmons, B. D. ; Smethurst, R. J. & Lintott, C. J.

Galaxy Zoo: The interplay of quenching mechanisms in the group environment

MNRAS, 469, 3670 (2017)

Smethurst, R. J.; Lintott, C. J. ; Bamford,S. P. ; Hart, R. E. ; Kruk, S. J. ; Masters,K. L. ; Nichol, R. C. ; Simmons, B. D.

Galaxy Zoo: evidence for rapid, recent quenching within a population of AGN host galaxies

MNRAS, 463, 2986 (2016)

Smethurst, R. J.; Lintott, C. J. ; Simmons, B. D. ; Schawinski, K. ; Bamford, S. P. ; Cardamone, C. N. ; Kruk, S. J. ; Masters, K. L. ; Urry, C. M. ; Willett, K. W. ; Wong, O. I.

Galaxy Zoo: Evidence for Diverse Star Formation Histories through the Green Valley

MNRAS, 450, 435 (2015)

Smethurst, R. J.; Lintott, C. J. ; Simmons, B. D. ; Schawinski, K. ; Marshall, P. J. ; Bamford, S. ; Fortson, L. ; Kaviraj, S. ; Masters, K. L. ; Melvin, T. ; Nichol, R. C. ; Skibba, R. A. ; Willett, K. W.

Observing Experience

May 2018:

Observer at the Shane-3m at the Lick Observatory, California

October 2017:

Remote observer with the Shane-3m at the Lick Observatory, California

February 2015:

Observer at the CSO in Mauna Kea, Hawaii

November 2014:

Remote observer, from Oxford, with the CSO in Mauna Kea, Hawaii

May 2014:

Observer at the INT Spectrograph in La Palma, Canary Islands

Conference Organisation

April 2019:

Lead organiser of SDSS-IV: MaNGA collaboration meeting, Oxford, UK

November 2017:

SOC member for .Astronomy 9, Cape Town, SA

July 2017:

SOC member of Galaxy Zoo Tenth Anniversary Conference, Oxford

June 2016

Head of SOC and LOC for .Astronomy 8, Oxford

As lead organiser of .Astronomy 8 in June 2016 I brought together an international community of researchers, educators and communicators to showcase and build upon web-based projects, from outreach and education, to research tools and data analysis. The conference aim was to prepare the community for the future, including the influx of large data sets, innovative data visualisations and the citizen science revolution.

Recent Research Presentations

April 2019

Talk at the SDSS-IV: MaNGA collaboration meeting, Oxford, UK

April 2018

Talk at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), Liverpool, UK

December 2017

Review talk at the SDSS-IV MaNGA Collaboration Meeting

July 2017, July 2016, July 2015

RAS National Astronomy Meeting

September 2016

Talk at the Galaxy Morphometrics conference, Leiden

August 2016

Talk at the Hidden Monsters conference, Dartmouth

August 2016

Talk at the Galaxy Pathways conference, Santa Catalina Island

July 2016

Seminar at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

April 2016

Seminar at the University of California San Diego

January 2016

Thesis talk at the American Astronomical Society meeting 227

November 2015

Colloquium at the University of Melbourne

Achievements and Prizes

Royal Astronomical Society Group Prize 2019

Galaxy Zoo Team

IoP Early Career Physics Communicators Award 2015


FameLab UK National Final April 2014

Audience Winner and Judges Runner-Up

Parent's Association Prize for Leadership September 2008

Bolton School Girls' Division

Prize for Achievement in Physics September 2008

Bolton School Girls' Division

Teaching Experience

January 2014 - present:

Undergraduate Laboratory Demonstrator: University of Oxford


October 2013 - January 2017: DPhil, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Supervisor: Professor Chris Lintott

October 2008 - June 2012: MPhys, St. Aidan's College, University of Durham

1st class MPhys degree in Physics and Astronomy

September 1998 - August 2008: Bolton School Girls' Division

A-Levels: Physics (A), Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Chemistry (A), General Studies (A)

Positions of Responsibilty

November 2014 - present:

Pembroke College, Oxford, MCR Secretary

June 2014 - November 2014:

Pembroke College, Oxford, MCR Social Secretary

June 2011 - June 2012:

St. Aidan's College, Durham, JCR Secretary

June 2010 - June 2011:

St. Aidan's College, Durham, JCR Social Chair