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Emily Roberts (she/her)

Introduction and Research

I am a first year PhD student in the white dwarf group in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Warwick. I am supervised by Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay. I will be working on the Gaia satellite's 100pc sample of white dwarfs and using it to learn bout the Star Formation History of the local neighbourhood.

I completed my MPhys Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh working with Nick Rowell for two years on the kinematics of white dwarfs as a proxy for age, and simulations of the 100pc Gaia sample to recover the Star Formation History of the local neighbourhood (which I am now continuing!)

The SFH is currently somewhat disputed, with some researching indicating a constant rate, and some research indicating a rate with two distinct peaks. By analysing the data from Gaia, expanding my simulations to account for more complex features such as binary white dwarfs and complex stellar atmospheres, I hope to improve our understanding of the history of the Milky Way.

  • Lab demonstrator for PX428: Physics Laboratory
  • Lab demonstrator for PX442: Laboratory for Mathematics & Physics Students
Outreach and Engagement
  • ED&I Rep for Physics Postgraduate Committee (current role)
  • Athena Swan Rep for Physics Postgraduate Committee (current role)
  • Student Lead for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Equitea Committee (current role)
Other Experience
  • Undergraduate Representative for Astrophysics at University of Edinburgh (2020-2023)

Emily (a twenty four year old woman with long red hair) is smiling while holding her dissertation. She is wearing a black top and pale green trousers.

Write to:

Emily Roberts,
Department of Physics,
University of Warwick,
Coventry CV4 7AL

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