Sandor Kruk

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Sandor Kruk

DPhil Astrophysics

I'm a PhD student, currently in my 4th year, looking at how galaxies evolve using public data from the SDSS, HST and MaNGA surveys. In order to do this, we ask the members of the public to classify galaxy shapes in the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project.

In particular, my research focuses on slow and steady, secular, evolution of galaxies driven by internal structures such as the action of galactic bars and spiral arms. These processes play an important role in the formation and transformation of disc galaxies.

I'm also interested in peculiar objects such as galaxies with off-centre bars, off-centre bulges and boxy or peanut shaped bulges.

Outside research, I've interested in teaching:

  • For the last three years I've been tutoring the fourth year C1 Astronomy Course that covers Cosmology, Galaxies, High Energy Astrophysics and Stellar Evolution.
  • I have founded in 2015 and, since then coordinated the British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad, an astronomy competition for secondary school students.
  • I've led the UK team in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads in Indonesia, in 2015, where the UK team placed 9th with 2 silver medals, and in India in 2016, where the UK team placed 6th with 1 Gold, 2 Silver Medals and 2 Honourable Mentions.

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