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Dr Jennifer Hatchell

Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics


Telephone: 01392 725516

Extension: (Streatham) 5516

I am an observational astrophysicist who studies star formation at infrared and sub/millimetre wavelengths. I work on the Gould Belt and Transients surveys of local star formation, based on observations using the James Clerk Maxwell telescope. This submillimeter-wavelength data is combined with infrared data from the Spitzer and Herschel space observatories to improve our understanding of the physical mechanisms which drive star formation.

Further details of my research can be found on the Astrophysics page.

Education and Employment

  • 2016 -  Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, University of Exeter
  • 2009-2016 Lecturer in Astrophysics, University of Exeter
  • 2004-2009 PPARC/STFC Advanced Fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2000 - 2004 Scientific Staff, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie
  • 1995 - 2000 PDRA, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
  • 1994 - 1995 Teaching Company Associate, North West Water
  • 1991 - 1994 PhD, Radio Astronomy, University of Cambridge
  • 1988 - 1991 BA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Funded Research Projects

  • "Artificial light as a driver of nighttime landscape ecology", NERC NE/V000497/1, £600k (PI Kevin Gaston, ESI Penryn)
  • "A PATT-linked grant to support Exeter's observational astrophysics research", STFC ST/S005293/1, 2019-2021, £26k, ST/M006484/1, 2015-17, £20k, STFC ST/K005588/1, 2013-2015, £12k
  • "A predictive model for star formation", STFC ST/J001627/1, 2012-15, £53k
  • "Robust spectral index maps from SCUBA-2 data", Nuffield Foundation, 2012, £1.1k
  • "A Small Clouds target list for the JCMT Gould’s Belt survey", Nuffield, 2007, £1.3k
  • "IYA2009 support for Exeter Astrophysics outreach", RAS, 2009, £5k
  • "The first real statistics on star formation", PPARC (STFC)PPA/A/R/2003/00173, 2004-2009, £250k

Facilities Usage

  • "The JCMT Transient Survey", JCMT, 2014-present (renewed 2017, 2020) (UK coordinator), 91h / year
  • "The JCMT Gould Belt Legacy Survey", JCMT, 2007-14 (joint coordinator), 600h

Contributions to the Community

  • James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board, 2012-14 (under STFC), 2014-2018 (under East Asian Observatory)
  • Telescope time allocation review panels: ALMA 2016-2019, Herschel HOTAC 2010, VLA Time Allocation Committee, 2007-9, JCMT 2004-7
  • Reviewer for journals MNRAS, A&A, and ApJ, and for STFC 


  • Physics and Astronomy Widening Participation coordinator, 2019-present
  • "Big Bang Southwest!" Astrophysics stand 2013-2019
  • Dartmoor Dark Skies outreach support 2018 - present
  • Exmoor Dark Skies outreach support 2008 -2018
  • Community and schools stargazing support
  • "Newborn stars and unexplored planets" IoP Schools Lecture Tour, Channel Islands May 2013, SW Tour Sept 2012


Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Member of the International Astronomical Union.