About Me

I am currently studying for a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire, where I obtained my Masters in Astronomy in 2013. Prior to that I studied for a degree in Physical Science at The Open University.

My work focuses on the impact of environment on the evolution of galaxies, with particular reference to the SSA22 protocluster at z~3. I found an enhancement in the fraction of Lyman Break Galaxies that appear to be merging within the protocluster compared to those in the field. This suggests that galaxy evolution may be accelerated in dense environments as predicted by simulations. I also study the Lyman-alpha blobs (LABs) within the SSA22 protocluster; these are large diffuse regions of Lyman-alpha emission thought to trace cold gas in the circumgalactic medium. My most recent paper used SCUBA2 (850 micrometer) data to search for submm sources within the LABs.

During my PhD I have observed at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii four times and at the Submm Array (SMA) in Hawaii once. You can read about my first visit to the JCMT on my old blog.


First Author

  • N. K. Hine et al. 2016, The average submillimetre properties of Lyman-alpha blobs at z=3, MNRAS, 460, 4075-85
  • N. K. Hine et al. 2016, An enhanced merger fraction within the galaxy population of the SSA22 protocluster at z=3.1, MNRAS, 455, 2363-70


  • M. P. Koprowski et al. 2016, A resolved map of the infrared excess in a Lyman Break Galaxy at z=3, ApJ accepted, arXiv:1608.05080
  • J. E. Geach et al. 2016, ALMA observations of Lyman-alpha Blob 1: halo sub-structure illuminated from within, ApJ accepted, arXiv:1608.02941
  • J. E. Geach et al. 2016, The SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey: 850um maps, catalogues and number counts MNRAS accepted, arXiv:1607.03904
  • D. M. Alexander et al. 2016, ALMA observations of a z~3.1 protocluster: star formation from active galactic nuclei and Lyman-alpha blobs in an overdense environment, MNRAS 461, 2944-52

Outreach and Public Engagement

I give talks to the general public, both adults and children (see below for details). My style is interactive, encouraging my audience to ask questions as we go. I can visit local schools and other groups, and travel further afield if you can pay my travel expenses. I also give talks, planetarium shows and telescope tours at Bayfordbury Observatory as part of their group visit programme.

A Tour of our Solar System

Explore our Solar System, visiting each of the planets as we travel from the Sun to the outer limits. Find out which planets and moons we have visited, learn where else in the Solar System scientists hope to find life.

This talk is suitable for children from 8 years old and for family groups. The full talk takes about an hour but shorter versions are possible if we visit fewer planets. I have given this talk to numerous school groups, scouts/cubs/brownies, family sessions and adult groups at Bayfordbury Observatory.


What are galaxies? What do we know about them? This is a short introduction to galaxies and how they may have formed and changed over billions of years. I include an introduction to my research and the telescope where I observe. This talk is suitable for a 16+ audience including amateur astronomy groups and the general public (also slightly younger children if they have a keen interest in science).

Contact Me

You can email me at nancykhine@gmail.com.