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Dr Chris Brunt

Lecturer in Astrophysics

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Telephone: 01392 725512

Extension: (Streatham) 5512

My research programme includes observational work in the interstellar medium, galactic structure and star formation, conducted both as sole investigator, in small groups (either under my supervision or with my participation) or as a member of larger international collaborations. I work with researchers internationally on Galactic plane surveys, and on smaller scales on individual star forming clouds to study their internal structure.

Education and Employment

  • 2004 - present, RCUK Fellow (2004-2009) and Lecturer, Astrophysics Group, University of Exeter
  • 2003 - 2004 Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
  • 1999 - 2003 Research Associate, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton, BC, Canada
  • 1992 - 1999 PhD Astronomy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
  • 1988 - 1992 BSc 1st Class Honours, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of St. Andrews

 

Funded Research Projects

  • EU: FP7 Marie Curie IIF to support K. Douglas (PI: C. Brunt) Coordinated Observational and Numerical Studies of Insterstellar Tracers (CONSIST): £131,309. Fraction of grant 100% (£131,309) Period 10/2008 - 09/2010.
  • EU: FP7 ERC Standard Grant (PI C. Dobbs) Modelling Star Formation in the Local Universe (LOCALSTAR): £835,418. Fraction of grant 5% (£41,771) Period 11/2011 - 10/2016
  • EU: FP7 SPACE (PI S. Molinari) (VIALACTEA): Award to C. Brunt: £28571 Period 10/2013 - 09/2016
  • EU: FP7 Marie Curie IRG (PI C. Brunt) Galactic Molecular Clouds and Star Formation (GMCSF): £50,000. Fraction of grant 100% (£50,000) Period 11/2007 - 10/2009
  • STFC:  ST/F003277/1 The Formation and Evolution of Stars (PI M. Bate): £945,784. Fraction of grant 26% (£245,904). Period 04/2008 - 03/2011
  • STFC: A PATT-linked grant to support Exeter's Observational Astrophysical Research (PI J. Hatchell): £12,019. Fraction of grant 10% (£1202) Period 07/2013 - 03/2015
  • STFC: ST/J001627/1 (PI D. SIng) Research from Molecular Clouds to Exoplanets: £1,734,164. Fraction of grant 2% (£34,683) Period 04/2012 - 03/2015

Invited Presentations

  • 2010, Invited Review, The Dynamic ISM Conference, Naramata, BC, Canada
  • 2010, Invited Review, The Origin of Stellar Masses Conference, Tenerife

Contributions to the Community

  • FCRAO Time Allocation Committee, 2003-2004
  • JCMT Time Allocation Committee, 2008-2011
  • Herschel Time Allocation Committee 2011
  • Reviewer for MNRAS, ApJ, A&A

Outreach

  • National Science and Engineering Week, 2008-2013, Physics Activities at the University of Exeter
  • IYA2009 Astrophysics Open Evening: Radio Astronomy Demonstration
  • IYA2010 Astrophysics Open Evening: Public Talk on Star Formation
  • Torbay Astronomical Society: Talk on High Resolution Imaging, 2013
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