Steven Gough-Kelly

Steven Gough-Kelly

PhD | Galactic Dynamics

Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, UCLan



I was recently awarded a PhD in Astrophysics by the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire, working as part of the Galaxy Dynamics research group led by Prof. Victor P. Debattista. My primary research is studying the formation and evolution of Box/Peanut bulges in barred-galaxies by comparing isolated and cosmological simulations to observations of external galaxies and the Milky Way.

My position was funded by the Moses Holden Studentship, dedicated to Lancashire astronomer and educator. I am currently a Junior Associate of the LSST:UK Consortium as part of the Galaxies; Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration and a member of the N-Body Shop. Part of my current research, Gough-Kelly et al. (2022), bridges these two memberships by making predictions for kinematic differences between populations within the Milky Way bulge.

More recent work involved hunting for bars and box/peanut bulges in IllustrisTNG, one of the largest, high-resolution simulations of the galaxy formation.

  • Galactic Structure
  • Galactic Formation and Evolution
  • Galactic Dynamics
  • Computational Astrophysics
  • PhD in Galaxy Dynamics, 2024

    Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, UCLan

  • MSc (by research) Astrophysics, 2019

    Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, UCLan

  • BSc (Hons) Astrophysics, 2018

    University of Central Lancashire


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