Nancy Hine is a PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire. Her work focuses on high redshift galaxies and in particular how environment influences their evolution from highly star forming to passive galaxies. This includes galaxy mergers and the flow of cold gas into galaxies to fuel star formation. Her Master’s project focused on the identification of extremely red galaxies and the use of photometric redshift fitting to differentiate between high redshift and very dusty low redshift galaxies. She obtained her physics degree from the Open University, studying part time for 6 years as part of a career change. In her previous career she was an accountant, working as a senior audit manger for Ernst & Young in London.
Nancy enjoys doing outreach, mostly at Bayfordbury Observatory, where she gives talks on the solar system, planetarium shows and telescope tours to groups from schools, cubs and brownies etc. A more unusual activity involved displaying a poster on her research at the World Science Fiction Convention in London last summer. She is also Chair of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) Postgraduate Student Representative Panel and a member of her department’s Equality Committee. So far the highlight of her career in astronomy has been observing at the James Clarke Maxwell Telescope, on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Nancy can normally be found at @nancyhine.