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Dr Timothy A Davis

Dr Timothy A Davis

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
Astronomy Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 5120
N/3.24, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow and 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 populations we see around us in the local universe.

I specifically 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. An example of the type of objects I study is the beautiful elliptical galaxy NGC7049, which is shown below in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Career overview

  • 2015 - present: 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 "Synoptic Astrophysics".

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 a co-investigator in the CARS, HeFoCS and VIXENS surveys.

PhD Supervision

  • James Dawson - "Machine learning to maximise the impact of ALMA"
  • Eve North - "Monsters in the Dark:  Supermassive Black Hole Masses and Star formation in the WISDOM survey"
  • Nikki Zabel - "The ALMA Fornax Cluster Survey: How do dense environments drive galaxy evolution?"