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Discs research group

We study discs that orbit a variety of other stars, from the youngest planet-forming discs to those that orbit the end-products of stellar evolution, white dwarfs. Our research aims to understand how these discs form and evolve, what goes on within them, and their ultimate fate. This work is done with a combination of theory, observation, and modelling. We use supercomputers, state-of-the-art observatories, and occasionally a pen and paper.


Academic Staff

Name Email & Links Research Interests  
Grant KennedyLink opens in a new window
(assistant professor, Royal Society University Research Fellow)

G.Kennedy [at] warwick.ac.uk

drgmk.comLink opens in a new window
  • Debris Discs
  • Exocomets
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet-disc interactions
Farzana MeruLink opens in a new window
(assistant professor, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow)
f.meru [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet Migration
  • Dust Coagulation
  • Planet Formation
Rebecca NealonLink opens in a new window
(assistant profesor, Hawking fellow)

Rebecca.Nealon [at] warwick.ac.uk

rebeccanealon.comLink opens in a new window
  • Protoplanetary discs
  • Planet disc interactions
  • Warped and misaligned discs
  • Black hole discs
Dimitri VerasLink opens in a new window
(associate professor, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow)
d.veras [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • White dwarf debris discs and rings
  • Planet-disc interactions

Research Staff

Name Email & Links Research Interests  
Minjae KimLink opens in a new window
(Research Fellow)
minjae.k.kim [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Cometary Dust (67P)
  • Small Bodies of the Solar System
Maria de Juan OvelarLink opens in a new window
(Research Fellow)
 
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet formation and dust evolution in PPDs
  • Observational diagnostics for PPDs
  • Radiative transfer
  • Imaging polarimetry

Postgraduate Research Students

Name Email & Links Research Interests  
Amena FaruqiLink opens in a new window
(PhD student)
amena.faruqi [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet-Disc Interactions
  • Planet Formation
  • Planetary System Dynamics
Rafael Martinez-BrunnerLink opens in a new window
(PhD Student)

rafael.martinez [at] warwick.ac.uk

  • White Dwarf Debris Discs
  • Planet-disc Interactions
Azib NorazmanLink opens in a new window
(PhD Student)

Azib.Norazman [at] warwick.ac.uk

azibn.github.ioLink opens in a new window
  • Exocomets
  • Debris Discs
  • Machine Learning

Previous Group Members

Name Email & Links Research Interests  
Raphael Bendahan-WestLink opens in a new window (MSc by Research, 2021-2022)
(PhD Student @ University of Exeter, 2023 - Present)
r.bendahan-west [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Exocomets
Patrick Cronin-ColtsmannLink opens in a new window (PhD, 2018-2022)

Patrick.Cronin-Coltsmann [at] warwick.ac.uk
  • Debris Discs
  • Protoplanetary Discs
  • Planet Formation
  • Low Mass Stars
Chris ManserLink opens in a new window (PhD, 2014-2018; Research Fellow 2018-2020)
(Research Fellow @ Imperial College London; Honorary Research Fellow @ University of Warwick 2020 - Present)
c.manser [at] imperial.ac.uk
  • White dwarf debris discs
  • Remnant planetary systems around white dwarfs
Catriona McDonaldLink opens in a new window
(PhD, 2019-2023; Research Fellow @ Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)

Catriona.McDonald [at] warwick.ac.uk

catrionamcdonald.github.ioLink opens in a new window
  • White Dwarf Pollution
  • White Dwarf Debris Discs
  • Planetary System Dynamics
Sahl RowtherLink opens in a new window (PhD, 2018-2022)
(Research Fellow @ University of Leicester)

Sahl.Rowther [at] warwick.ac.uk

sahl95.github.ioLink opens in a new window
  • Gravitationally Unstable Protoplanetary Discs
  • Warped Discs
  • Planet-Disc Interactions