Dr Samantha Penny
I am a teaching fellow in physics, based in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.
I obtained an MPhys in Physics with Astronomy from Cardiff University, followed by my PhD in Physics from the University of Nottingham in 2010. After this, I took up a six month Australia Awards Postdoctoral Fellowship at Swinburne Univerity in March 2011, followed by an ARC Super Science Fellowship at Monash University between September 2011 and September 2014.
I then moved to the University of Portsmouth in September 2014 as a Senior Research Associate, before taking up my current role as a Teaching Fellow in Physics in September 2018.
My research primarily examines how the smallest galaxies in the Universe, known as dwarf galaxies, evolve in the nearby Universe. I carry out this research primarily through spectroscopy. In particular, I am interested in how and why such galaxies stop forming new stars, and my research suggests that supermassive black holes may play a role in this. I am also interested in the evolution of extremely isolated galaxies, as these galaxies are important tests of the processes internal to galaxies that shape their colours, morphologies, and star formation activity.
I am coordinator for the first year Physics unit U20274 "Introduction to Mathematical Physics 2". I also assist with the delivery of the units U20273 "Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1", U24568 "Introduction to Computational Physics", U20509 "Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies" and U24582 "Observational Astronomy and Cosmology".
In addition to teaching these units, I supervise final year projects for third and fourth year undergraduates, and I am a tutor at Maths Cafe.