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@ab_drake


Two months ago now I moved to London to start working as an assistant editor at Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. I’ve already learnt lots about what goes on behind the scenes when we (astronomers!) submit papers to MNRAS.


I’m also enjoying the fantastic opportunities to exercise my outreach and communication skills which have been waiting to burst out for a while now… In my first month at the journal I had already sent a pattie and chips into space with BBC Radio Humberside and subsequently chased it to Lincolnshire.


I’ve been very lucky that the RAS team have also been so flexible in allowing me to fly off to present my research at EWASS, NAM, and during a collaborative visit to the new astrophysics department at Lancaster.


In addition to learning the ropes in the editorial office I am working on the referee report for the second in our series of papers on the Lya luminosity function from MUSE. With our pilot study recently accepted for publication in MNRAS (unrelated to new job…) the second and very exciting paper will be published as part of an A&A special issue on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field as seen by MUSE; the ground-breaking wide-field integral field spectrograph installed on the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

ABDrake
 
Scientific Interests:
  • Lyman Alpha Emitters (LAEs)
  • High-redshift galaxies
  • Reionisation
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Evolution of cosmic star formation as a function of stellar mass
  • Quenching of star formation – mechanisms acting at z~1


Other Interests: