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I'm a Professor and former Canada Research Chair (Tier II, held for maximum number of terms) in the
department of Astronomy and Physics
at Saint Mary's University. Before coming
to SMU, I was an adjunct professor at Queen's University where I also held a
CITA National Fellowship. During my time there I worked with Professors
Larry Widrow and Stephane Courteau. Before Queen's, I was a post-doc at
McMaster University (with Hugh
Couchman), and at UC Berkeley
where I worked with Marc
I also have links
with the Virgo,
Consortia. My work is focused primarily on using
simulations to aid our understanding of the structure formation process.
Recently, I've been collaborating with my good friend and colleague Evan Scannapieco on high redshift
galaxy formation and the impact of AGN feedback on the downsizing
phenomenon. As a core member of the Virgo Consortium I've played a role
in the latest generation
Virgo Consortium simulations (being
by Volker Springel).
I've also worked with
Eric Tittley in research
conducted under the auspices of the Virgo Consortium.
I got my PhD from the University of Alberta, where my supervisor was
Don Page. I
initially started working on early universe cosmology but
switched to structure formation, at which point Hugh Couchman became my
co-supervisor. Since Hugh was at the University
of Western Ontario at that time, I spent two years visiting the
Department of Physics and
Astronomy at UWO in London, Ontario.
Outside of work I love to go hiking and backpacking - I fell in love with
the Canadian rockies when I first saw them in 1995. Hiking also allows me
to endulge another one of my passions - photography. I also love
although like all my other pasttimes, I invariably find myself stuck for
to get projects finished.
If you are really curious, here is my standard
My up-to-date contact details are:
Dr. Rob Thacker
319E Atrium Building
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 3C3
Electronic-mail: (click here for address)