The origins of galaxies
in the Universe

My research is concerned with the formation and evolution of galaxies in the first half of the Universe's history. I study galaxies from the earliest stages of formation in the first billion years after the Big Bang, up to when the Universe was half its current age. I am especially interested in using the effect of gravitational lensing - where distant galaxies appear magnified due to the distortion of space by massive foreground clusters - to study the smallest and faintest galaxies.

I also believe strongly that taxpayer-funded research should be communicated to the public in an understandable and engaging manner. I have therefore been heavily involved in both organising and participating in astronomy outreach events.

A magnified view of the
distant Universe

My research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies in the distant Universe. Here you'll also find downloads of data from commonly referenced figures in my publications.


I frequently give public talks about astronomy, my research, and the science of science fiction. You can find details of my outreach work here along with videos of some past talks.

About Me

Do you have to introduce me for a talk? Find a quick bio and stuff I do that isn't astronomy-related here

Contact Information

Rachael C. Livermore