I am a Professor at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen, From  2011 until 2016 I have been its (Scientific) Director. From 2017 until 2020 I was the education director of the Master Astronomy. I study the formation and evolution of galaxies, by studying their structure, kinematics and stellar populations. At the moment, I my research is mostly focused on studying dwarf galaxies in the nearby Universe, but I am also very interested in working on new techniques to better study the galaxy population.

Kapteyn Institute

The Kapteyn Institute is one of the appr. 10 research institutes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS, FWN) at the University of Groningen. Its mission is to do research in astronomy, and to be responsible for the astronomy teaching at the University. Together with Leiden we are the only University in the Netherlands offering a bachelor in astronomy. We also offer a master program in astronomy. We have a large PhD programme with more than 50 PhD students. The Kapteyn Institute is one of the 4 partners in NOVA, the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.

See here for my updated list of publications.

Recent News

Our Interreg North Sea proposal Keep it Dark was approved! Together with the Universities of Oldenburg and Aarhus we will provide a robust measuring system for the brightness of the sky, making it possible to measure light pollution accurately!

August 2022: Our paper on Non-Solar abundance ratios in Fornax Cluster dwarf galaxies, led by Seyda Sen, was published in MNRAS.

Several papers were published in 2022 and 2021. See for example this link to see these papers.

July 2021: Our paper on Ultra Compact Dwarfs in the Fornax Cluster was published by MNRAS. This paper is led by my PhD student Teymoor Saifollahi.

July 2021: Our paper simulating the formation of the dwarf irregular NGC 1427A in the Fornax Cluster appeared in MNRAS. The main author of this paper is Michele Mastropietro, a SUNDIAL PhD student at the University of Gent.

May 2021: First light at the Dark Sky Park Lauwersmeer telescope.

May 2021: The website of the programme 'Donkerte van de Wadden' is on-line! This is a programme to create awareness for darkness in the North of the Netherlands.