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Dr Timothy A Davis

Dr Timothy A Davis

Senior Lecturer
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
Astronomy Group
Cardiff Hub for Astrophysics Research and Technology

School of Physics and Astronomy

N/2.18, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer here at Cardiff University in the department of Physics and Astronomy. My research focuses on the evolution of galaxies, and how they assemble from the cosmic soup at high redshift to become the beautiful and diverse systems we see around us in the local universe.

I focus on the role of cold molecular gas in galaxy evolution, studying the molecular ISM in extragalactic environments, black holes, star-formation, kinematics and feedback. I also explore machine learning approaches to studying these topics. An example of the type of object I study is the beautiful elliptical galaxy NGC7049, which is shown below in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope.


Career overview

  • 2019 - present: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2015 - 2019: Ernest Rutherford Fellow and Lecturer, Cardiff University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - 2015: Ernest Rutherford Fellow, University of Hertfordshire, Centre for Astrophysics Research
  • 2011 - 2014: ESO fellow, European Southern Observatory, Germany

Education and qualifications

  • 2011 DPhil (PhD) in Astrophysics, University of Oxford
  • 2008 MPhys in Physics, University of Warwick

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union













I am module lead for "PX2235: Synoptic Astrophysics", Second Year Tutor, and deputy module organiser of "PX1228: Introduction to Astrophysics" and "PX3145: The Formation and Evolution of Stars".

Research interests

My research focuses on the molecular ISM in extragalactic environments, black holes, star-formation, kinematics and feedback.

I am a PI of the mm-Wave Interferometric Survey of Dark Object Masses (WISDOM), the ALMA Fornax Cluster Survey (AlFoCS) and the ATLAS3D CARMA survey. I am in the management group of the VERTICO (Virgo Environment Traced in CO) ALMA large program. I am a co-investigator in the CARS, HeFoCS and VIXENS surveys.


PhD Supervision

  • James Dawson - "Machine learning to maximise the impact of ALMA"
  • Jacob Elford - "Hungry black holes - AGN fueling and feedback from WISDOM and CARS"
  • Nikki Zabel - "The ALMA Fornax Cluster Survey: How do dense environments drive galaxy evolution?"

Current supervision

James Dawson

James Dawson

Research student

Past projects

  • Dr Eve North - "Monsters in the Dark:  Supermassive Black Hole Masses and AGN feedback in the WISDOM project"