Chris Tibbs is currently an ESA Research Fellow at the European Space Agency ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the interstellar medium, the gas and dust between the stars. Chris is particularly interested in interstellar dust, and understanding how the dust evolves from diffuse to dense environments.
Studying the interstellar medium is important for two reasons: i) to better understand how the gas and dust evolve to form stars and planets like we observe in our own Solar System; and ii) understanding the physical properties of the gas and dust allow us to accurately subtract it from sensitive observations of the after-glow of the Big Bang.
Born in the UK, Chris obtained his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from The University of Manchester, before moving to the US to work as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. After a thoroughly enjoyable 3 years in California, Chris was happy to have the opportunity to move back to Europe for his current position at ESA, which he only started last month.
Chris is a big fan of tea, sports, and he usually tweets from @chris_tibbs.