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Nathan Adams is an observational astronomer working in the EPOCHS group at the University of Manchester. Previously, I worked in the Galaxy Surveys sub-group at the University of Oxford.

My research focuses on the co-evolution of galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) in the early epochs of the Universe. My work combines multiple observational surveys across wide wavelength ranges (Visible, Infra-red and Radio). I am involved in two key projects:

1) I am preparing to conduct data analysis on the first data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), with the aim of searching for the most distant galaxies.

2) I provide multiwavelength support to surveys using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa (MIGHTEE, LADUMA), providing catalogues and compilations of optical and infrared data to assist in their science goals.

Through these projects, I am involved in large, international scientific collaborations, including the European Southern Observatory and the Square Kilometer Array. My experience includes handling data from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, HyperSuprimeCam, VISTA, Spitzer Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, GALEX Space Telescope, MeerKAT and many more.

I am a Royal Astronomical Society Fellow and I am open to invitations to give talks or help organize events to any audience.



  • The VISTA Deep Extragalactic Observations (VIDEO) Survey: Core member (cataloguing, photometric redshifts)
  • The MeerKAT International GHz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration (MIGHTEE) Survey: Survey builder (multiwavelength expert)

  • Looking At the Distant Universe with the MeerKAT Array (LADUMA): Core member (multiwavelength expert)

  • Webb Medium Deep Fields (WMDF): Member
  • MOONRISE: The Main MOONS GTO Extragalactic Survey: Member

  • Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS): Member



MSci Physics with Astrophysics - University of Birmingham - 2013 to 2017

DPhil Astrophysics - University of Oxford - 2017 to 2021

Research Associate - University of Manchester - 2021 - present

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Research interests

Observational Astronomy

High Redshift Galaxies

Galaxy Formation & Evolution


Active Galactic Nuclei

Black Hole Growth

Photometric Surveys

Photometric Redshifts

Multiwavelength Data Products

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution from Deep Optical and Infrared Surveys, Oxford University

Award Date: 9 Jul 2021

Master of Physics, Studying The Impact of the Physics of Cosmic Re-ionisation on the Generation & Observation of HI-21cm Maps, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 16 Jun 2017


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