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Dr Nigel Metcalfe, MA (Physics), DPhil (Astrophysics), FRAS

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Associate Fellow in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43566
Room number: ocw102
Room number: OCW102

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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.

Research Groups

Department of Physics


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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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-.