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Conor Byrne

Hi, I'm Conor and I am a PDRA in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick, working under the guidance of Elizabeth Stanway. I completed my PhD at Trinity College Dublin and Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in early 2020.

Research Interests

My PhD research developed our understanding of the evolution of hot, low-mass stars, such as hot subdwarfs, with a focus on the role played by atomic diffusion processes. My thesis is accessible here on the TCD research repository. The science chapters of my thesis have also been published in peer-reviewed publications, which you can find listed below.



During my time in Armagh, I was involved in a number of outreach activities. These included giving public talks at Observing Nights, leading tours of the historic Observatory building, providing interviews to local press (in both English and Irish), participating in science workshops for children, writing articles for the Planetarium's blog, Astronotes, and being a guest on the new Armagh Observatory and Planetarium podcast, Intergalactic Craic. I am always interested in talking and engaging with members of the public to discuss astronomy and science.

Other Interests

Outside of astrophysics, I enjoy a number of other activities in my free time. These include hiking, reading and quizzing. I also have an unhealthy obsession with the weather, having spent a number of years as a deputy Meteorological Observer in Armagh, which has the longest daily climate series anywhere in the UK or Ireland.

Write to:

Conor Byrne,
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

Contact details:

E-Mail: Conor.Byrne AT