James graduated from the University of Sussex in 2001 after completing 4 year Masters in Physics and Astrophysics, before continuing with his PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Glenn J. White at the Univeristy of Kent. He graduated in 2005 with a thesis entitled “Radio Surveys of Triggered Star Formation”. He then had various postdoctoral positions at the Univeristy of Leeds, UK, the Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney, Australia and the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. In 2015, he moved to the University of Kent to take up a lectureship in Physics and Astrophysics.
back to top
Room 101A, Ingram Building
James primary research interest is in the area of massive star formation, which is an area that underpins many fields of astrophysics and provides an opportunity to link star formation with large-scale structure of the Milky Way and obtain a better understanding of star formation in nearby galaxies. Other areas of interest include: investigating the modes and efficiency of triggered star formation; the evolution of the earliest stages of the most massive stars and their Galactic distribution; Galactic structure and the influence of the spiral arms in star formation; using rotational transitions of simple molecules to probe the structure of the interstellar medium; and star formation in extreme environments (high pressures and densities, strong UV radiation and cosmic ray fields) such as the Galactic centre and starburst galaxies. back to top