People - Loretta Dunne - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Loretta Dunne

Past staff member now based in the UK


Senior Lecturer in Physics


MPhys Astrophysics (Cardiff University, UK) PhD (Cardiff University, UK)


716, Physics and Astronomy

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364-2532
Internal Phone: 6563

Postal address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
New Zealand


I did my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, chosen because it was the only place offering both an undergraduate course in Astronomy and having a hang gliding club. I graduated my degree in 1997 (and my hang gliding course in 1994!). I was then faced with a choice of working for the Met Office in Bracknell (not the most exciting place to live) or carrying on in Cardiff with a PhD where I would get to go to Hawaii lots to use an exciting new instrument called SCUBA, the first real submillimetre camera. I chose the travel option and spent a very happy 3 years collecting the first statistically useful sample of 200 nearby galaxies in the new 'submillimetre' part of the spectrum (looking at 'dust'). I was then successful in getting a PPARC postdoctoral fellowship and did a further 3 years in Cardiff working on galaxy evolution and also the origin of dust. In the meantime I went travelling to New Zealand for the first time in 2002 and immediately knew this was the place I had to live. I moved to Nottingham with a permanent lectureship in 2004 and moved onto work on Herschel projects. Finally, a chance to move to New Zealand materialised in 2010 and despite the earthquakes, we decided it was time to move down under.


Research Interests

  • UC Research Profile
  • Galaxy formation and evolution using multi-wavelength surveys
  • Large submillimetre surveys with Herschel
  • New surveys with SKA precursor telescopes in Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands
  • Using strong lensing as a tool for exploring star formation in distant galaxies
  • The origins and life cycle of interstellar dust

Recent Publications

Refereed papers

  • refer UC Research Profile (currently being updated)
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    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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