My current research is in interdisciplinary physical science - applying techniques from astrophysics and climate science to conservation and ecology problems. Using drone-mounted thermal-infrared cameras we can track and monitor endangered and vulnerable species and help to catch poachers. Whilst thermal-infrared is a new technology for ecology, it has been widely used in astrophysics for decades. My research aims to apply techniques from astrophysics to automatically monitor wildlife and poaching anywhere in the world. I am also studying the impact of changing climate on the species we are monitoring.
I completed a PhD in astrophysics ("assembly of stellar mass in galaxy cluster cores over cosmic time") in 2013 at LJMU, and a postdoc in the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the Universe at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2013-2014. I then moved to the Met Office to work on the impact of climate change on extreme weather events. I returned to LJMU to work on the new field of astro-ecology in 2017.
2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD, Astrophysics
2009, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MPhys Physics with Astrophysics
Climate change attribution scientist, Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, Met Office, 2015 - 2017
Postdoctoral research associate, Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2013 - 2014
Burke C, Stott P. 2017. Impact of anthropogenic climate change on the East Asian summer monsoon Journal of Climate, >DOI
Ma S, Zhou T, Stone DA, Polson D, Dai A, Stott PA, von Storch H, Qian Y, Burke C, Wu P, Zou L, Ciavarella A. 2017. Detectable Anthropogenic Shift toward Heavy Precipitation over Eastern China Journal of Climate, 30 :1381-1396 >DOI
Burke C, Stott P, Ciavarella A, Sun Y. 2016. Attribution of Extreme Rainfall in Southeast China During May 2015 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97 :S92-S96 >DOI
Burke C, Collins CA, Stott JP, Hilton M. 2012. Measurement of the intracluster light at z∼1 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 425 :2058-2068 >DOI
Mehrtens N, Romer AK, Hilton M, Lloyd-Davies EJ, Miller CJ, Stanford SA, Hosmer M, Hoyle B, Collins CA, Liddle AR, Viana PTP, Nichol RC, Stott JP, Dubois EN, Kay ST, Sahlén M, Young O, Short CJ, Christodoulou L, Watson WA, Davidson M, Harrison CD, Baruah L, Smith M, Burke C, Mayers JA, Deadman PJ, Rooney PJ, Edmondson EM, West M, Campbell HC, Edge AC, Mann RG, Sabirli K, Wake D, Benoist C, da Costa L, Maia MAG, Ogando R. 2012. The XMM Cluster Survey: Optical analysis methodology and the first data release Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 423 :1024-1052 >DOI
Mehrtens N, Romer AK, Hilton M, Lloyd-Davies EJ, Miller CJ, Stanford SA, Hosmer M, Hoyle B, Collins CA, Liddle AR, Viana PTP, Nichol RC, Stott JP, Dubois EN, Kay ST, Sahlen M, Young O, Short CJ, Christodoulou L, Watson WA, Davidson M, Harrison CD, Baruah L, Smith M, Burke C, Mayers JA, Deadman P-J, Rooney PJ, Edmondson EM, West M, Campbell HC, Edge AC, Mann RG, Sabirli K, Wake D, Benoist C, da Costa L, Maia MAG, Ogando R. 2012. The XMM Cluster Survey: optical analysis methodology and the first data release MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 423 :1024-1052 >DOI >Link
Burke C, Collins C, Stott J, Hilton M. 2012. Evolution in cluster cores since z ∼ 1 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 8 :172-173 >DOI
Stott JP, Collins CA, Burke C, Hamilton-Morris V, Smith GP. 2011. Little change in the sizes of the most massive galaxies since z=1 MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 414 :445-457 >DOI >Link