Dr. Vivienne Wild

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St. Andrews
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+44 (0)1334 461680
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

My research is focussed on galaxy formation and evolution. In particular I am interested in the role of galaxy mergers in building elliptical galaxies, using absorption line systems to unveil the link between galaxies and their gaseous halos, and the impact of AGN on galaxy evolution.

My ERC funded SEDmorph project combines observational data from 4 leading galaxy surveys with a large suite of simulations, to study both the spectral and morphological evolution of galaxies following a starburst or merger phase. This project is about understanding the physical processes responsible for changing galaxies from the irregular balls of gas observed at high redshift, into the bimodal population of star-forming spirals and quiescent ellipticals seen around us today.


I am currently co-teaching a 3rd/4th year Extragalactic Astronomy course with Dr. Anne-Marie Weijmans. This is a new course that we have developed for the year 2013/14 in St Andrews. The objectives of this module are to help students: (1) to learn about the observations that enable us to understand galaxy evolution and observational cosmology, (2) to learn to apply a range of physical principles learnt outside this lecture course to the understanding of galaxies, and (3) to be able to apply the material learnt in the lectures to current research activities in extragalactic astrophysics. The course includes "guest lectures" from young post-docs, with constructive feeedback provided by the students to guide their learning, and help the post-docs improve their lecturing style. Assessment includes the students writing their own Nature "News and Views" article on a recent Nature Letter in the field of Extragalactic Astronomy.

Alongside this course, students have the opportunity to undertake a project during their Computational Physics module, which uses Mathematica to analyse an integral field spectroscopic data cube of a galaxy from the CALIFA survey. The aim is to link the data analysis aspect of Extragalactic Astronomy directly to the scientific results learned in lectures.

I am also teaching second year Chemical Evolution, covering the thermal history of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present day. This includes aspects of particle physics, nuclear physics and cosmology.

Research outputs

    Ashley Spindler, David Wake, Francesco Belfiore, Matthew Bershady, Kevin Bundy, Niv Drory, Karen Masters, Daniel Thomas, Kyle Westfall and Vivienne Wild, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476, 1 , p. 580-600 (2018)
  2. The enhancement of rapidly quenched galaxies in distant clusters at 0.5 < z < 1.0 DOI
    Miguel Socolovsky, Omar Almaini, Nina A. Hatch, Vivienne Wild, David T. Maltby, William G. Hartley and Chris Simpson, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476, 1 , p. 1242-1257 (2018)
  3. Stellar populations of over one 1000 z ∼ 0.8 galaxies from LEGA-C DOI
    Po-Feng Wu, Arjen van der Wel, Anna Gallazzi, Rachel Bezanson, Camilla Pacifici, Caroline Straatman, Marijn Franx, Ivana Barišić, Eric F. Bell, Gabriel B. Brammer et al., Astrophysical Journal, 855, 2 (2018)
  4. The origins of post-starburst galaxies at z < 0.05 DOI
    Milena M. Pawlik, Laith Talib Hadi Taj Aldeen, Vivienne Wild, Jairo Mendez-Abreu, Natalia Lahén, Peter H. Johansson, Noelia Jimenez, William Lucas, Yirui Zheng, C. Jakob Walcher et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)
  5. Morpho-kinematic properties of field S0 bulges in the CALIFA survey DOI
    J. Mendez-Abreu, J. A. L. Aguerri, J. Falcón-Barroso, T. Ruiz-Lara, L. Sánchez-Menguiano, A. de Lorenzo-Cáceres, L. Costantin, C. Catalán-Torrecilla, L. Zhu, P. Sánchez-Blazquez et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 1 , p. 1307-1334 (2018)
  6. Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) DOI
    K. Rowlands, V. Wild, N. Bourne, M. Bremer, S. Brough, S. P. Driver, A. M. Hopkins, M. S. Owers, S. Phillipps, K. Pimbblet et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473, 1 , p. 1168-1185 (2018)
  7. Massive post-starburst galaxies at z > 1 are compact proto-spheroids DOI
    Omar Almaini, Vivienne Wild, David T. Maltby, William G. Hartley, Chris Simpson, Nina A. Hatch, Ross J. McLure, James S. Dunlop and Kate Rowlands, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 472, 2 , p. 1401-1412 (2017)
  8. The 13th data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey DOI
    Franco D. Albareti, Carlos Allende Prieto, Andres Almeida, Friedrich Anders, Scott Anderson, Brett H. Andrews, Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca, Maria Argudo-Fernández, Eric Armengaud, Eric Aubourg et al., Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 233, 2 (2017)
  9. The fourteenth data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
    Bela Abolfathi, D. S. Aguado, Gabriela Aguilar, Carlos Allende Prieto, Andres Almeida, Tonima Tasnim Ananna, Friedrich Anders, Scott F. Anderson, Brett H. Andrews, Borja Anguiano et al., Astrophysical Journal (2017)
  10. SDSS-V: Pioneering Panoptic Spectroscopy
    Juna Kollmeier, Keith Douglas Horne, Anne-Marie Weijmans and Vivienne Wild, ArXiv e-prints (2017)
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