Nicholas Kurti Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College
Hintze Fellow in the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, Department of Physics


BA MSci (Cambridge)
PhD (Edinburgh)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

I completed my PhD at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.  I then spent a year there as a post-doctoral researcher, before starting as a Hintze Fellow in the Department of Physics here in Oxford.

Research Interests

My research centres on early galaxy formation and evolution, in particular the study of vigorously star-forming galaxies in the first billion years of the history of the universe.

I use multi-wavelength observations from both ground- and space-based telescopes, for example the VISTA telescope in Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope, to find “high-redshift” galaxies - observing these objects as they were in the first billion years after the Big Bang.  In particular my research focuses on selecting and characterising the brightest known galaxies during this epoch (with a redshift, z > 6), by utilising new, deep, degree-scale optical and near-infrared survey data.

Selected Publications

“No evidence for Population III stars or a Direct Collapse Black Hole in the z = 6.6 Lyman-alpha; emitter 'CR7'"
Bowler et al. MNRAS,  2017,  469,  448-458

"Unveiling the nature of bright z ~ 7 galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope"
Bowler et al. MNRAS, 2017,  466,  3612-3635

“The galaxy luminosity function at z ~ 6 and evidence for rapid evolution in the bright-end from z ~ 7 to 5”
R. Bowler et al. 2015, MNRAS, 452, 1817

“Star-forming galaxies in the first billion years”
R. Bowler, A&G, 56, 3, 3.39

“Line-driven radiative outflows in luminous quasars”
R. Bowler, P. Hewett, J. Allen and G. Ferland, MNRAS, 2014, 445, 359

“The bright end of the galaxy luminosity function at z ~ 7: before the onset of mass quenching?”
R. Bowler et al. 2014, MNRAS, 440, 2810