Prof. James Dunlop

Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy
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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. Dust attenuation in 2 < z < 3 star-forming galaxies from deep ALMA observations of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field DOI
    R. J. McLure, J. S. Dunlop, F. Cullen, N. Bourne, P. N. Best, S. Khochfar, R. A. A. Bowler, A. D. Biggs, J. E. Geach, D. Scott et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  2. The VANDELS survey: Dust attenuation in star-forming galaxies at z = 3 - 4 DOI
    F. Cullen, R. J. McLure, S. Khochfar, J. S. Dunlop, C. Dalla Vecchia, A. C. Carnall, N. Bourne, M. Castellano, A. Cimatti, M. Cirasuolo et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  3. ALMA 26 arcmin2 Survey of GOODS-S at One-millimeter (ASAGAO) DOI
    Y. Ueda, B. Hatsukade, K. Kohno, Y. Yamaguchi, Y. Tamura, H. Umehata, M. Akiyama, Y. Ao, I. Aretxaga, K. Caputi et al., Astrophysical Journal, 853, 1 (2018)
  4. SCUBA-2 Ultra Deep Imaging EAO Survey (STUDIES) DOI
    Wei Hao Wang, Wei Ching Lin, Chen Fatt Lim, Ian Smail, Scott C. Chapman, Xian Zhong Zheng, Hyunjin Shim, Tadayuki Kodama, Omar Almaini, Yiping Ao et al., Astrophysical Journal, 850, 1 (2017)
  5. Very Compact Millimeter Sizes for Composite Star-forming/AGN Submillimeter Galaxies DOI
    Soh Ikarashi, Karina I. Caputi, Kouji Ohta, R. J. Ivison, Claudia D.P. Lagos, Laura Bisigello, Bunyo Hatsukade, Itziar Aretxaga, James S. Dunlop, David H. Hughes et al., Astrophysical Journal Letters, 849, 2 (2017)
  6. A dusty star-forming galaxy at z = 6 revealed by strong gravitational lensing DOI
    Jorge A. Zavala, Alfredo Montaña, David H. Hughes, Min S. Yun, R. J. Ivison, Elisabetta Valiante, David Wilner, Justin Spilker, Itziar Aretxaga, Stephen Eales et al., Nature Astronomy, 2, 1 , p. 56-62 (2017)
  7. The First Billion Years project: constraining the dust attenuation law of star-forming galaxies at z ≃ 5
    F. Cullen, R. J. McLure, S. Khochfar, J. S. Dunlop and C. Dalla Vecchia, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470, 3 , p. 3006-3026 (2017)
  8. An Imperfectly Passive Nature DOI
    J. M. Simpson, Ian Smail, Wei Hao Wang, D. Riechers, J. S. Dunlop, Y. Ao, N. Bourne, A. Bunker, S. C. Chapman, Chian Chou Chen et al., Astrophysical Journal Letters, 844, 1 (2017)
  9. The KMOS Deep Survey (KDS) - I. Dynamical measurements of typical star-forming galaxies at z ≃ 3.5 DOI
    M. Cirasuolo, C. M. Harrison, R. J. McLure, J. S. Dunlop, A. M. Swinbank, D. Sobral, J. Matthee and R. M. Sharples, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471, 2 , p. 1280-1320 (2017)
  10. The SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey DOI
    J. M. Simpson, Ian Smail, A. M. Swinbank, R. J. Ivison, J. S. Dunlop, J. E. Geach, O. Almaini, V. Arumugam, M. N. Bremer, Chian Chou Chen et al., Astrophysical Journal, 839, 1 (2017)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11