Dr Rebecca Bowler is an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow studying the formation and evolution of galaxies at Cosmic Dawn at the University of Manchester. Previously, she held the prestigious Hintze and Glasstone fellowships at the University of Oxford (2015-2021).
Her research involves studying some of the early galaxies that formed within the first billion years in the life of the Universe. She uses observations in the optical and near-infrared to detect galaxies at high redshifts (z > 6.5). In particular, by looking in large degree-scale surveys from telescopes on the ground, it is possible to constrain the number of rare bright galaxies.
She is passionate and committed to making physics and science accessible and inclusive to all. She enjoys scientific divulgation of complex concepts to a wide variety of audiences, from speaking at large scientific conferences to local astronomy societies. In 2018 she won the Royal Astronomical Society Winton prize and in 2021 she was awarded the Henry Moseley medal and prize from the Institute of Physics. Dr Rebecca Bowler holds a Doctorate in Physics (Astronomy, evolution of galaxies) from the University of Edinburgh (2014).