Dave is a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Canarian Astrophysics Institute) on the Spanish island of La Palma (home to the World’s largest optical telescope, GranTeCan). He started this job only two weeks ago, having recently moved from Chile where he was working at the Very Large Telescope as a European Southern Observatory (ESO) postdoctoral fellow, and at the Universidad de Atacama (Atacama University) as a professor of physics. Before that, Dave did his PhD at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (home of the World’s third largest steerable radio telescope, The 76-m Lovell Telescope) with a brief stint working for the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes (helping to run the World’s most productive, ground-based 2.5 telescope, The Isaac Newton Telescope). In case you didn’t realise, Dave really likes telescopes.
Dave’s research focusses on some of the most beautiful objects in the night sky, planetary nebulae. These nebulae represent final stage in the lives of Sun-like stars, and Dave really wants to understand how the presence of a second, nearby star (or even large planet) influences their formation and evolution. Dave normally tweets as @RainDogJones. Dave is also a keen photographer and devoted servant to his dog, Pisco.