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Karen Masters

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Dr Karen L. Masters
Position: ICG Staff
Faculty Funded Research Fellow
Office: DS3.16
Phone: [+44 (0) 23 9284] 3137
email (@port.ac.uk): karen.masters
Research interests: I'm interested in the use of large surveys of the sky to understand about how galaxies evolve, and the use of observations of nearby galaxies to provide constraints to cosmological theories. I've worked at ICG since 2008 and in that time have done a significant amount of research using morphologies of galaxies provided by citizen scientists via the Galaxy Zoo project. My Galaxy Zoo work has largely focused on understanding the reasons why spiral or disc galaxies stop forming stars, which has included the study of galactic bars. In 2013 I was named the Galaxy Zoo Project Scientist. I'm also involved in SDSS projects, specifically BOSS (where I led a study into the morphology of BOSS target galaxies), and I'm Co-Chair of the Kinematics Working Group for the SDSS4 project MaNGA (an IFU survey of ~10,000 nearby galaxies using fibre bundles). I'm a participant of DES and a member of Euclid. I'm also the SDSS-IV and ICG Outreach Co-ordinator, and a member of the University's Athena SWAN committee.