University of Hertfordshire

Professor Kristen Coppin PhD, FHEA


Kristen Coppin

Professor Kristen Coppin PhD, FHEA


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Kristen Coppin obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of British Columbia in 2006. After post-doctoral positions at Durham University and McGill University, she was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics and was promoted to Reader of Astrophysics in 2017 and Professor of Astrophysics in 2020. The emphasis of Coppin's research is sub-millimetre and infrared observations of distant galaxies, seen at a time when galaxies in the Universe were going through their most rapid period of growth. Coppin has been involved in several large pathfinding surveys to uncover ever-larger samples of these types of galaxies (SHADES, LESS, H-ATLAS, SCUBA2) and leading several ALMA observational programmes to study high-z galaxy formation in the distant universe, including Lyman break galaxies and gravitationally-lensed systems.

I chaired our School's Equality Committee from 2016-2019 and in that time led our school's Athena SWAN Silver and Juno Champion applications which outlines our progress to date and action plans for the forthcoming period.

I was appointed as a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Resarch Fellow for the 2019/2020 academic year to pursue my research interests full time.

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