Prof. James Dunlop

Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of School
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am Head of Institute and Professor of Extra-Galactic Astronomy at the Institute for Astronomy, an institute within the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and also part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Institute of Physics, and currently hold a European Research Council Advanced Fellowship and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

My research interests are in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology: galaxy formation and evolution, the cosmic history of star formation, the first galaxies and cosmic reionization, and the connection between the growth of galaxies and black holes.


I have taught many courses at various levels within the University, most recently the Level-11 Radiation & Matter course, details of which can be found at

Research outputs

  1. A direct calibration of thtae IRX-β relation in Lyman-break Galaxies at z = 3-5 DOI
    M. P. Koprowski, K. E.K. Coppin, J. E. Geach, R. J. McLure, O. Almaini, A. W. Blain, M. Bremer, N. Bourne, S. C. Chapman, C. J. Conselice et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 4 , p. 4355-4366 (2018)
  2. AzTEC 1.1 mm observations of high-z protocluster environments DOI
    M. Zeballos, I. Aretxaga, D. H. Hughes, A. Humphrey, G. W. Wilson, J. Austermann, J. S. Dunlop, H. Ezawa, D. Ferrusca, B. Hatsukade et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 4 , p. 4577-4632 (2018)
  3. The VANDELS ESO public spectroscopic survey DOI
    R J Mclure, L Pentericci, A Cimatti, J S Dunlop, D Elbaz, A Fontana, K Nandra, R Amorin, M Bolzonella, A Bongiorno et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 1 , p. 25-42 (2018)
  4. The VANDELS ESO public spectroscopic survey: Observations and first data release DOI
    L. Pentericci, R. J. McLure, B. Garilli, O. Cucciati, P. Franzetti, A. Iovino, R. Amorin, M. Bolzonella, A. Bongiorno, A. C. Carnall et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 616 (2018)
  5. Obscured star formation in bright z ≃ 7 Lyman-break galaxies DOI
    R. A. A. Bowler, N. Bourne, J. S. Dunlop, R. J. McLure and D. J. McLeod, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481, 2 , p. 1631-1644 (2018)
  6. Spitzer Matching Survey of the UltraVISTA Ultra-deep Stripes (SMUVS) DOI
    M. L.N. Ashby, Karina I. Caputi, Will Cowley, Smaran Deshmukh, James S. Dunlop, Bo Milvang-Jensen, Johan P.U. Fynbo, Adam Muzzin, H. J. McCracken, Olivier Le Fevre et al., The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 237, 2 (2018)
  7. Inferring the star formation histories of massive quiescent galaxies with BAGPIPES: evidence for multiple quenching mechanisms DOI
    A. C. Carnall, R. J. McLure, J. S. Dunlop and R. Davé, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480, 4 , p. 4379-4401 (2018)
  8. A Machine-learning Method for Identifying Multiwavelength Counterparts of Submillimeter Galaxies DOI
    Fang Xia An, S. M. Stach, Ian Smail, A. M. Swinbank, O. Almaini, C. Simpson, W. Hartley, D. T. Maltby, R. J. Ivison, V. Arumugam et al., Astrophysical Journal, 862, 2 (2018)
  9. ALMA 26 Arcmin2 Survey of GOODS-S at One Millimeter (ASAGAO) DOI
    Seiji Fujimoto, Masami Ouchi, Kotaro Kohno, Yuki Yamaguchi, Bunyo Hatsukade, Yoshihiro Ueda, Takatoshi Shibuya, Shigeki Inoue, Taira Oogi, Sune Toft et al., Astrophysical Journal, 861, 1 (2018)
  10. An ALMA Survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS Field DOI
    Stuart M. Stach, Ian Smail, A. M. Swinbank, J. M. Simpson, J. E. Geach, Fang Xia An, Omar Almaini, Vinodiran Arumugam, A. W. Blain, S. C. Chapman et al., Astrophysical Journal, 860, 2 (2018)
Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 at 10:01