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Dr Nigel Metcalfe

Assistant Professor (Teaching)

MA (Physics), DPhil (Astrophysics), FRAS

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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of PhysicsOCW102+44 (0) 191 33 43566
Member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy  
Member of the Institute for Computational CosmologyOCW102+44 (0) 191 33 43566


Responsibilities within department

Member of the Laboratories Committee. Administration and Teaching database design, development and maintenance (mysql and php scripting). Physics computer classroom coordinator.

Teaching activity

Tutor on the Level 3 Problem Solving Computing Course. Level 4 project supervisor. Academic adviser.

Research interests

Deep galaxy counts and clustering and their interpretation in light of current theories of galaxy evolution and cosmology. I am chair of the Data Reduction and Verification Group (DRAVG) for the Pan-STARRS project. I am also part of the VST Atlas Survey team, and the DESI Imaging Validation working group.

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Conference Paper

  • Holliman, N. S., Baugh, C., Frenk, C., Jenkins, A., Froner, B., Hassaine, D., Helly, J., Metcalfe, N. & Okamoto, T. (2006), Cosmic cookery: making a stereoscopic 3D animated movie, in Woods, Andrew J., Dodgson, Neil A., Merritt, John O., Bolas, Mark T. & McDowall, Ian E. eds, Proceedings of SPIE 6055: Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XIII. San Jose, California, International Society for Optical Engineering, 605505.
  • Metcalfe, Nigel., Shanks, Tom. Fong, Dick. McCracken, Henry J., Campos, Ana., Gardner, Jon P., & Thompson, David. (2002), Do Galaxies Form at High Redshift?, ASP Conference Series 283: A New Era In Cosmology. Durham, UK, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Durham, 361-364.
  • Shanks, T., Metcalfe, N., Fong, D., McCracken, H., Campos, A., & Thompson, D. (2001), Evidence for Galaxy Formation at High Redshift, in Harwit, M., & Hauser, M.G. eds, IAU Symposium 204: The Extragalactic Infrared Background and its Cosmological Implications. Manchester, UK, ASP, Manchester, 347.
  • McCracken, H., Metcalfe, N., Shanks, T., & et al. (2000), Galaxy Clustering in the Herschel Deep Field, in Mazure, A.,, Le Fèvre, O., & Le Brun, V. eds, ASP Conference Series 200: Clustering at High Redshift. 68.
  • Gorosabel, J., Castro-Tirado, A. J., Benítez, N., Zapatero-Osorio, M. R., Campos, A., Trapero, J., Sánchez, E. & Metcalfe, N. (2000), Photometric Study of the Improved GRB 970815 Error Box, AIP Conference Proceedings 526: Gamma-ray Bursts, 5th Huntsville Symposium. New York, 334-.
  • Groot, P. J., Galama, T. J., van Paradijs, J., Kouveliotou, C., Vanderspek, R. K., Castro-Tirado, A., Rhoads, J. E., Lehnert, M., Hoekstra, H. & Metcalfe, N. (1998), A Search for Optical Afterglow from GRB970828, in Meegan, Charles A., Preece, Robert D. & Koshut, Thomas M. eds, American Institute of Physics conference proceedings 428: Gamma-ray Bursts: 4th Huntsville Symposium. Huntsville, AL, American Institute of Physics, New York, 557-560.
  • Davies, R. L., Allington-Smith, J., Metcalfe, N., & Shanks, T. (1998), Integral Field and Multi-Object Spectroscopy with the NGST, in Kaldeich, B. eds, Liege International Astrophysical Colloquia 34: 141-.
  • Shanks, T., Metcalfe, N., Fong, R., McCracken, H. J., Campos, A., & Gardner, J. P. (1998), Galaxy Counts; Sizes; Colours and Redshifts in the Hubble Deep Field, in D'Odorico, S.,, Fontana, A., & Giallongo, E. eds, ASP Conference Series 146: The Young Universe: Galaxy Formation and Evolution at Intermediate and High Redshift. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 102-109.
  • Shanks, T., Metcalfe, N., Campos, A., Fong, R., & Gardner, J.P. (1997), Galaxy Counts, Colours and Redshifts in the Hubble and Herschel Deep Fields, in Tanvir, N.R.,, Aragon-Salamanca, A., & Wall, J.V. eds, 37th Herstmonceux Conference The Hubble Space Telescope and the High Redshift Universe. World Scientific, Singapore, 75-79.
  • Metcalfe, N., Shanks, T., Fong, R., Gardner, J., & Roche, N. (1996), Faint Galaxy Number Counts, in Bender, R., & Davies, R.L. eds, IAU Symposium 171: New Light on Galaxy Evolution. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 225-.
  • Fong, R., Metcalfe, N. & Shanks, T. (1994), Photometric Calibration and Large-Scale Clustering in the Universe, in McGillivray et al. eds, IAU Symposium 161: Astronomy from Wide-Field Imaging. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 295-300.
  • Metcalfe, N., Shanks, T., Roche, N., & Fong, R. (1994), Galaxy Number-Counts to B =28m, in McGillivray, H. et al. eds, IAU Symposium 161: Astronomy from Wide-Field Imaging. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 645-648.
  • Roche, N., Shanks, T., Metcalfe, N., & Fong, R. (1994), Galaxy Clustering to B = 27m, in McGillivray, H. et al. eds, IAU Symposium 161: Astronomy from Wide-Field Imaging. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 635-648.
  • Roche, N. Shanks, T. Metcalfe, N. Fong, R. & West, R.M. (1993), Galaxy Clustering at B ~ 25m, IAU Commission on Instruments 3: 7-.
  • Metcalfe, N., Shanks, T., Roche, N., & Fong, R. (1993), Galaxy Number-Counts to B = 28m, in Akerlof, C.W., & Srednicki, M.A. eds, Texas/ Pascos '92 Relativistic Astrophysics and Particle Cosmology. New York Academy of Sciences, New York, 534-538.
  • Metcalfe, N. & Shanks, T. (1991), Calibrating Cepheid Sequences in Nearby Galaxies, NATO ASIC Proc. 348: Observational Tests of Cosmological Inflation 187-.
  • Metcalfe, N., Fong, R., Jones, L.R. & Shanks, T. (1987), CCD galaxy counts to B = 25 M, High Redshift and Primeval Galaxies 37-43.
  • Fong, R., Godwin, J.G., & Metcalfe, N. (1984), Astronomers Problems with the Calibration of Schmidt Plates, Astronomical Photography 207-.
  • Dawe, J.A., Coyte, E. & Metcalfe, N. (1984), Nitrogen Flushing during Exposure of Large Schmidt Telescope Plates, Astronomical Photography 59-.

Edited book

  • Metcalfe, Nigel & Shanks, Tom (2007). Cosmic Frontiers. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series Volume 379. Michigan: Sheridan Books.
  • Metcalfe, Nigel & Shanks, Tom (2002). A New Era in Cosmology. ASP Conference Series Vol 283. Michigan: Sheridan Books.

Journal Article

Supervision students