Thomas Hughes

PhD in Astronomy, University of Cardiff, UK

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Galaxy formation and evolution, including processes regulating star formation and chemical evolution, the impact of the environment, and the growth of the red sequence.

My main research interest lies in disentangling the processes that transforms the baryonic matter in the early Universe into the complex systems of stars, gas, dust and metals that comprise the galaxies we observe today. I use observations from across the electromagnetic spectrum, including both spectroscopy and photometry, to trace these key matter components and characterise star formation, chemical evolution and other physical processes in nearby galaxies. By studying these processes in local galaxies inhabiting different environments, from dense clusters to sparse regions, I aim to better understand what governs their evolution.