Dr Watson's main research interests are in the field of stellar astrophysics and extrasolar planets. In particular he is interested in how to improve the detection of exoplanets against the backdrop of noise due to stellar activity, as well as probing the atmospheres of exoplanets.
He has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications in the refereed literature, including Science and Nature. In addition, he is co-PI on a number of exoplanet discovery instruments, including the Next Generation Transit Survey and HARPS-N.
His research has attracted funding from a number of sources including the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Union (FP7).
Open to PhD applications in the field of
- Stellar astrophysics and exoplanet research
- Probing exoplanet atmospheres
- Mitigating astrophysical noise: Towards the confirmation of Earth-2.0
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
PhD title: Understand thy star, understand thy planet
Name: Jean Costes
Years of Study: 2017 - 2020
PhD title: UnEarth
Name: Andrew Thompson
Years of Study: 2014 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland
PhD title: Sniffing the Skies of New Worlds
Name: Matthew Hooton
Years of Study: 2015 - 2019
Alumni: where are they now?
Dr Colin Hill
PhD title: Roche Tomography of Cataclysmic Variables
Years of Study: 2012 - 2015
Current position: PDRA, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse
Dr Ryan Brothwell
PhD Title: The Dynamic Nature of Exoplanets
Years of Study: 2012 - 2016
Current position: Mathematics Programme Support Tutor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Heather Cegla
PhD Title: A Pathway to Earth-like Worlds: Overcoming Astrophysical Noise
Years of Study: 2010 - 2013
Current position: CHEOPS Research Fellow, Observatoire de Genève