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Dr Mark Norris

Lecturer in Astronomy
School of Natural Sciences

Mark is an observational astronomer who teaches both on-campus Physics and Astrophysics students, as well as our distance learning Astronomy students. He has been responsible for leading the redevelopment and upgrade of the University's Alston Observatory, as well as the training and supervision of our students as they make use of the 70cm Moses Holden Telescope.

Mark is a lecturer in Astronomy, and Research Degrees Tutor for the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute. He leads or participates in several multinational collaborations making use of the world's most advanced optical telescopes to better understand how galaxies form and evolve over time.

Mark graduated from Durham University with a MSci in Physics in 2004, followed by a PhD in Astrophysics in 2008. From 2008-2012 he worked as a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on observational studies of galaxy formation, including the RESOLVE and AIMSS surveys. In 2012 Mark moved to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg Germany to work as a postdoctoral fellow. His research at MPIA involved a combination of observational studies of compact stellar system and galaxy formation, and leading the effort to outline science projects for the LINC-NIRVANA instrument on the Large Binocular Telescope. In 2015 Mark joined UCLan as a Lecturer in Astronomy, teaching undergraduate on-campus and distance learning course related to Astronomy.