Welcome Dr. Thomas Targett

Dr. Thomas Targett arrived at Sonoma State University as a visiting professor in 2013, and now joins the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy department as a tenure track professor. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees from Cardiff University in 2003, with a research focus on 21-cm emission from neutral hydrogen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. James Dunlop, in the fields of sub-millimeter galaxy evolution and the coupled growth of galaxies and black holes. In 2007 he began his first research postdoc at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), followed by similar appointments at the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of British Colombia, and the University of Edinburgh.

As a member of several large international astronomical collaborations, Dr. Targett has contributed to the data reduction, processing, and scientific analysis of astronomical imaging in the field of “Big Data”. These surveys include the Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS), the Hawk-I UDS and GOODS Survey (HUGS), and the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012 (UDF12). His research now focuses on galaxy evolution, sub-millimeter galaxies, and the high-redshift universe.

Dr. Targett has significant experience in observational astronomy, with over a month spent at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and additional time at the James Clark Maxwell Telescope, the W. M. Keck Observatory, the William Herschel Telescope in La Palma, and the Palomar Observatory in California. He has also served on the telescope time-allocation committee of several major facilities, and as a referee for peer-reviewed publications, including the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astrophysical Journal.

So far at SSU Dr. Targett has taught classes in Descriptive Astronomy, an Introduction to Observational Astronomy, Frontiers in Astronomy, and Cosmology. He has offered several classes in “flipped” and fully online formats, and served as a research supervisor to numerous SSU students.