Dr. Patrick Durrell


Patrick Durrell Professor of Astronomy
Patrick Durrell is an astronomer and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and is also the Director of the Ward Beecher Planetarium (link: wbplanetarium.org - Ward Beecher Planetarium - at bottom of page).    

Dr. Durrell studies the formation of galaxies through photometric studies of stars and globular star clusters both within and outside of galaxies (intracluster stars).    He is also involved in studies of colliding galaxies and dwarf galaxies in nearby groups and clusters, making use of imaging data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other large ground-based telescopes, including the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, where he is part of the massive Next Generation Virgo cluster Survey (NGVS) project.     He is also involved in science outreach through the Ward Beecher Planetarium, and CosmoQuest (link: cosmoquest.org - CosmoQuest - button at bottom of page).

Dr. Durrell received his PhD in 1996 from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Selected Publications

Galaxies at the Extreme: Ultra-diffuse Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, Mihos, J.C. et al. 2015, ApJL, 809, 21

The Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey. I. Introduction to the Survey, Ferrarese, L., et al. 2012, ApJS, 200, 4

Galaxy Evolution in a Complex Environment: A Multi-wavelength Study of HCG 7, Konstantopoulos, I.K. et al. 2010, ApJ, 723, 197

Hierarchical Structure Formation and Modes of Star Formation in Hickson Compact Group 31, Gallagher, S.G., Durrell, P.R., et al. 2010, AJ, 139, 545

The Resolved Stellar Populations of a Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster, Durrell, P.R. et al. 2007, ApJ, 656, 746

The Metallicity Distribution of Intracluster Stars in Virgo, Williams, B.F. et al. 2007, ApJ, 656, 756

Intracluster Red Giant Stars in the Virgo ClusterDurrell, P.R., Ciardullo, R., Feldmeier, J.J., Jacoby, G.H., Sigurdsson, S. 2002, ApJ, 570, 119


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