I’m Christopher Lovell, a doctoral student in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Sussex. I currently live in London.


My research is about understanding how galaxies form and evolve. I do this using simulations, typically of a patch of the universe containing many thousands of galaxies. Combining the data from these simulations with observations of distant galaxies in the early universe helps us understand how these beautiful, evocative objects are born.

I’m also interested in how techniques from the growing field of Data Science, such as Machine Learning, can be used in Astronomy to expose relationships and patterns otherwise obscured using traditional techniques.


Additional to this blog I also write for Astrobites, where postgraduates in Astronomy and Astrophysics write about the latest research papers in a more accessible format for undergraduates or the public in general. You can read my posts here.


The source code for this site, as well as all of my other public projects, can be found on GitHub. When I remember to update it you can read my posts on Medium.

I’m active on Stack Exchange, mostly in the Astronomy and Stack Overflow sites; the flair below links to my profile. I record my reading habits on Goodreads.

profile for christopherlovell on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

This site is built on GitHub pages using Jekyll; you can find details on how to recreate it using Cloud9 here. The design is based on Centrarium, a template by Ben Centra.