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People Dr Brooke Simmons

James Martin Fellow, Programme on Computational Cosmology

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

My primary research focus is on the connection between the growth of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. I make extensive use of Hubble Space Telescope data. I use parametric methods such as GALFIT to analyze galaxy light profiles and separate galaxies from their central active galactic nuclei (AGN), and have created my own method to determine bolometric luminosities of obscured AGN. I am also involved in Galaxy Zoo, which mobilizes the public to visually classify galaxies and has produced many new scientific results.