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Research Fields and Staff
Permanent Staff
Professor Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg (Head
of Department), Co-director ACGC
Large-scale structures and streaming motions in the nearby
Universe, Zone of Avoidance, systematic HI-surveys; Tully-
Fisher relation; clusters of galaxies.
Professor Erwin de Blok (DST/NRF SARChI
Dark matter in disk galaxies, low surface brightness
galaxies. HI surveys, the interstellar medium in nearby
galaxies, evolution of dark galaxies.
Professor Claude Carignan (SKA SARChI
Galaxy dynamics and dark matter; astronomical
instrumentation and techniques.
Professor Patricia Whitelock (Joint SAAO/
UCT position)
Galactic structure, stellar evolution, Local Group galaxies,
long period variable and symbiotic stars.
Emeritus Distinguished Professor Brian
Warner (Senior Scholar)
Cataclysmic variable stars; white dwarf stars; history of
Associate Professor Patrick A. Woudt
(Acting Head of Department for 2011)
Cataclysmic variable stars, ultra-compact binaries, high
time domain astrophysics.
Dr Kurt van der Heyden (Senior Lecturer)
Supernovae and Supernova remnants, systematic HI
surveys, clusters of galaxies, X-ray spectroscopy.
Dr Sarah Blyth (Lecturer)
Large-scale structure, galaxy evolution and galaxy
Dr Vanessa McBride (Lecturer, Joint SAAO/UCT
X-ray binaries, Magellanic Clouds.
Professor Rob Fender (Visiting SKA
X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black holes, accretion disks,
radio transient surveys.
Honorary Staff in the Department
Honorary Professor Michael W. Feast
Honorary Research Associate. Stellar evolution; Galactic
structure; long period variable stars; distance scales.
Dr Ian Stewart
Honorary Research Associate. Signal direction in Poisson
noise; algorithms for calibration and analysis of ration
interferometer data; sympatric speciation.
Honorary Staff Associated with the
Honorary Professor Phil A. Charles (SAAO)
Cataclysmic variables; X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black
holes, accretion disks.
Professor Peter Dunsby
Honorary Academic, Director NASSP, Co-director ACGC.
Theoretical cosmology and gravity.
Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr Garry Angus
Cosmological simulations with modified Newtonian
Dr Richard Armstrong
Radio transients, radio interferometric techniques.
Dr Kelley Hess
Neutral hydrogen in nearby galaxies, galaxy groups and
Dr Danielle Lucero
Cold gas and star formation in early-type galaxies.
Dr Natasha Maddox
Quasars and multi-wavelength observations of galaxies.
Dr David Puglielli
Galaxy dynamics.
Dr Valerio Ribeiro
Cataclysmic variables, novae; radio transients.
Dr Matthew Schurch
Cataclysmic variables and X-ray binaries.
Contact Details
Postal Address: Department of Astronomy, University of
Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
Telephone: +27 (21) 650 5830
Fax: 27 (21) 650 4547