Prof. Catherine Heymans

Personal Chair in Observational Cosmology
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy within the University of Edinburgh, based at the Royal Observatory.

I currently hold a European Research Council Consolidator Grant Fellowship.

My research focusses on cosmology, specifically making detailed observations of the Dark Universe. I co-lead the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Lensing Survey (CFHTLenS) and the ESO the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS).


I am the Course Organiser of a new pre-honours Introductory Astrophysics course.  In this applied physics course we use innovative teaching practises based on the "flipped classroom" approach.  The majority of the course content is distributed via our coursebook and tested through weekly online quizzes.  The lecture contact time is then reserved to develop our students understanding.  We place strong emphasis on the benefits of peer learning and we develop our students problem solving skills in weekly teaching studio workshops.

Research outputs

  1. KiDS+GAMA: Cosmology constraints from a joint analysis of cosmic shear, galaxy-galaxy lensing and angular clustering DOI
    Edo van Uitert, Benjamin Joachimi, Shahab Joudaki, Alexandra Amon, Catherine Heymans, Fabian Köhlinger, Marika Asgari, Chris Blake, Ami Choi, Thomas Erben et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  2. The skewed weak lensing likelihood: why biases arise, despite data and theory being sound
    Elena Sellentin, Catherine Heymans and Joachim Harnois-Déraps (2017)
  3. KiDS+2dFLenS+GAMA: Testing the cosmological model with the $E_{\rm G}$ statistic
    A. Amon, C. Blake, C. Heymans, C. D. Leonard, M. Asgari, M. Bilicki, A. Choi, T. Erben, K. Glazebrook, J. Harnois-Deraps et al. (2017)
  4. Galaxy And Mass Assembly: the G02 field, Herschel-ATLAS target selection and data release 3 DOI
    I. K. Baldry, J. Liske, M. J. I. Brown, A. S. G. Robotham, S. P. Driver, L. Dunne, M. Alpaslan, S. Brough, M. E. Cluver, E. Eardley et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 3 , p. 3875-3888 (2017)
  5. The abundance of ultra-diffuse galaxies from groups to clusters. UDGs are relatively more common in more massive haloes DOI
    Remco F. J. van der Burg, Henk Hoekstra, Adam Muzzin, Cristóbal Sifón, Massimo Viola, Malcolm N. Bremer, Sarah Brough, Simon P. Driver, Thomas Erben, Catherine Heymans et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 607 (2017)
  6. KiDS-450: the tomographic weak lensing power spectrum and constraints on cosmological parameters DOI
    F. Köhlinger, M. Viola, B. Joachimi, H. Hoekstra, E. van Uitert, H. Hildebrandt, A. Choi, T. Erben, C. Heymans, S. Joudaki et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471, 4 , p. 4412-4435 (2017)
  7. KiDS-450: cosmological constraints from weak lensing peak statistics - I. Inference from analytical prediction of high signal-to-noise ratio convergence peaks DOI
    HuanYuan Shan, Xiangkun Liu, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Chuzhong Pan, Nicolas Martinet, Zuhui Fan, Peter Schneider, Marika Asgari, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Henk Hoekstra et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 1 , p. 1116-1134 (2017)
  8. KiDS-450 + 2dFLenS: Cosmological parameter constraints from weak gravitational lensing tomography and overlapping redshift-space galaxy clustering DOI
    Shahab Joudaki, Chris Blake, Andrew Johnson, Alexandra Amon, Marika Asgari, Ami Choi, Thomas Erben, Karl Glazebrook, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Catherine Heymans et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 4 , p. 4894-4924 (2017)
  9. KiDS-450: cosmological constraints from weak-lensing peak statistics - II: Inference from shear peaks using N-body simulations DOI
    Nicolas Martinet, Peter Schneider, Hendrik Hildebrandt, HuanYuan Shan, Marika Asgari, Jörg P. Dietrich, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Thomas Erben, Aniello Grado, Catherine Heymans et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 1 , p. 712-730 (2017)
  10. Precision calculations of the cosmic shear power spectrum projection DOI
    Martin Kilbinger, Catherine Heymans, Marika Asgari, Shahab Joudaki, Peter Schneider, Patrick Simon, Ludovic Van Waerbeke, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Fabian Köhlinger et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 472, 2 , p. 2126-2141 (2017)
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