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Dr Stacey Habergham-Mawson

Astrophysics Research Institute

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Astrophysics by distance learning course ran by the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. A unique course which allows students around the world to engage with the cutting edge research of our department through a fully online masters course.

I am also the Project Manager for The Schools Observatory (www.schoolsobservatory.org) an educational outreach project opening Access to the Universe for All. For over 15 years the project has given schools across the UK and Ireland direct access to the Liverpool Telescope, for free. Engaging millions of young people and their educators along the way.

My research background is in core-collapse supernovae and their host galaxies in our local Universe. My observational studies connected the local stellar populations with the flavour of stellar explosion. Supernovae are some of the brightest events in our Universe, but the fact remains that until they explode we can rarely ever see the individual stars which are behind such amazing light displays. We need to carry out some detective work - combining clues from the local galaxy environment, with the unique signals received during the explosion to work out what happened. Only by doing this can we answer the question of how stars evolve and the physics entwined in the explosion dynamics. Supernovae are the source of almost all of the elements in the periodic table, - elements which allowed for the Earth and life to be created. They recycle the leftovers of space into something new. They are able to help us probe distances, chemistries and extreme physics.

I am also the chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council Public Engagement Spark and Legacy awards panels.

I am a former vice-president and councillor of the Royal Astronomical Society where I was also Diversity Champion, and chaired the diversity committee for a number of years.

I am active in the field of diversity and inclusion holding various positions during the last 9 years: chair and member of the departmental EDI committee, member of the Faculty DI committee, decolonising the curriculum lead for the department.

Languages

English

Degrees

2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2009, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom, PGCE Secondary Science
2008, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MPhys

Academic appointments

Programme Leader, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 2023 - present
Honorary Lecturer, Physics, University of Liverpool, 2020 - present
Senior Lecturer, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
The Schools' Observatory Project Manager, Astrophsyics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Post Doctoral Research Associate, Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - 2014

Postgraduate training

Using Supernovae as Tracers of Stellar Populations, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - 2014

Highlighted publications

Ransome C, Habergham Mawson S, Darnley MJ, James PA, Percival SM. 2022. An Hα survey of the host environments of 77 type IIn supernovae within z < 0.02 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 513 :3564-3576 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ransome CL, Habergham-Mawson SM, Darnley MJ, James PA, Filippenko AV, Schlegel EM. 2021. A systematic reclassification of type IIn supernovae Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506 :4715-4734 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA, Lyman JD. 2014. Environments of interacting transients: impostors and Type IIn supernovae Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 441 :2230-2252 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Habergham SM, James PA, Anderson JP. 2012. A Central Excess of Stripped-Envelope Supernovae within Disturbed Galaxies DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA. 2010. TYPE Ibc SUPERNOVAE IN DISTURBED GALAXIES: EVIDENCE FOR A TOP-HEAVY INITIAL MASS FUNCTION ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 717 :342-347 DOI Author Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA. 2010. Type Ibc supernovae in disturbed galaxies: evidence for a top-heavy IMF Astrophysical Journal, 717 :342-347 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Andreopoulos C, Brown H, Darnley MJ, Dhinsey S, Jones LAH, Lucas C, Gründer Y, Habergham SM, Hawkins CJ, Mayo F, Newsam AM, Torres R, Vaughan H, Veal TD, Voyce OK, Welsch A, Welsch CP. 2023. Liverpool women in physics: Initiatives and progress AIP Conference Proceedings, 3040 DOI Publisher Url

Ransome CL, Habergham-Mawson SM, Darnley MJ, James PA, Filippenko AV, Schlegel EM. 2021. The Spectral Reclassification of Nearby (z < 0.02) Type IIn Supernovae Research Notes of the American Astronomical Association RN AAS, 5 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson JP, Habergham SM, James PA, Hamuy M. 2012. The Local Environments of Core-Collapse SNe within Host Galaxies DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Journal article

Ransome C, Habergham Mawson S, Darnley MJ, James PA, Percival SM. 2022. An Hα survey of the host environments of 77 type IIn supernovae within z < 0.02 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 513 :3564-3576 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ganss R, Pledger JL, Sansom AE, James PA, Puls J, Habergham-Mawson SM. 2022. Metallicity Estimation of Core-Collapse Supernova HII Regions in Galaxies within 30 Mpc Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, :1541-1556 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ransome CL, Habergham-Mawson SM, Darnley MJ, James PA, Filippenko AV, Schlegel EM. 2021. A systematic reclassification of type IIn supernovae Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 506 :4715-4734 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson JP, James PA, Habergham SM, Galbany L, Kuncarayakti H. 2015. Statistical studies of supernova environments Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 32 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson JP, James PA, Foerster F, Gonzalez-Gaitan S, Habergham SM, Hamuy M, Lyman JD. 2015. On the environments of Type Ia supernovae within host galaxies Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 448 :732-753 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA, Lyman JD. 2014. Environments of interacting transients: impostors and Type IIn supernovae Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 441 :2230-2252 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Stritzinger M, Taddia F, Fransson C, Fox OD, Morrell N, Phillips MM, Sollerman J, Anderson JP, Boldt L, Brown PJ, Campillay A, Castellon S, Contreras C, Folatelli G, Habergham SM, Hamuy M, Hjorth J, James PA, Krzeminski W, Mattila S, Persson SE, Roth M. 2012. Multi-wavelength Observations of the Enduring Type IIn Supernovae 2005ip and 2006jd DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Habergham SM, James PA, Anderson JP. 2012. A Central Excess of Stripped-Envelope Supernovae within Disturbed Galaxies DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Anderson JP, Habergham SM, James PA, Hamuy M. 2012. Progenitor mass constraints for core-collapse supernovae from correlations with host galaxy star formation DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Anderson JP, Habergham SM, James PA. 2011. On the multiple supernova population of Arp 299: constraints on progenitor properties and host galaxy star formation characteristics DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA. 2010. TYPE Ibc SUPERNOVAE IN DISTURBED GALAXIES: EVIDENCE FOR A TOP-HEAVY INITIAL MASS FUNCTION ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 717 :342-347 DOI Author Url

Anderson JP, Covarrubias RA, James PA, Hamuy M, Habergham SM. 2010. Observational constraints on the progenitor metallicities of core-collapse supernovae DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Habergham SM, Anderson JP, James PA. 2010. Type Ibc supernovae in disturbed galaxies: evidence for a top-heavy IMF Astrophysical Journal, 717 :342-347 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Editorial/letter to the editor

Maguire-Rajpaul V, Jermak H, Kanani S, van Loon JT, Habergham-Mawson S. 2019. Equality, diversity and inclusion perspectives Astronomy & Geophysics, 60 :5.40-5.42 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Habergham S. 2017. Q&A Stacey Habergham ASTRONOMY & GEOPHYSICS, 58 :43-43 Author Url

Habergham S. 2017. Q & A Stacey Habergham Astronomy and Geophysics, 58 :2.43-2.43 DOI Publisher Url

Award:

Teaching Excellence Awards: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award Commendation, Liverpool John Moores University. 2023

William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal (Gold), Institute of Physics, https://www.iop.org/about/awards/gold-medals/william-thomson-lord-kelvin-medal-and-prize-recipients#gref. 2023

Research Grants Awarded:

STFC Legacy Award, Astronomy for Remote and Island Schools STEM Clubs (co-I), Chris Leigh, LJMU, Grant value (£): 49,944, Duration of research project: 24 months. 2022

STFC Official Development Assistance, Newton STFC-NARIT: Using astronomy education as a motivator for long-term capacity building in STEM (co-I), Mr Suparerk Karuehanon and Mr Thanakrit Santikunaporn, NARIT, Grant value (£): 107,226.44, Duration of research project: 24 months. 2020

STFC, Astronomy for Remote and Island Schools (Habergham-Mawson Co-I), Dr Chris Leigh, Dr Chris Copperwheat, Grant value (£): 96000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2017

External committees:

Council of the Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Astronomical Society, Vice-President. 2018

Public Engagement Legacy Awards Panel, STFC, Chair, https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/improve-public-engagement-in-science-and-technology-legacy-award/. 2017

Committee for Diversity in Astronomy and Geophysics, Royal Astronomical Society, Chair, https://www.ras.org.uk/about-the-ras/committees. 2016

Public Engagement SPARK Awards Panel, STFC, Chair, https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/public-engagement-grants/pe-funding-opportunities/stfc-public-engagement-spark-awards/. 2016

RAS 200: Sky and Earth Steering Group, Royal Astronomical Society, Steering Group Member, https://ras200.org/. 2014

Council of the Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Astronomical Society, Councillor/Trustee. 2014

Conference organisation:

European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Co-Chair; Local Organising Committee. 2017

External collaboration:

BBC, BBC Academy - Woman Expert. 2013

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Institute of Physics. 2013

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society. 2009

Fellowships:

Ogden Science Officer, The Ogden Trust. 2009

Teaching qualification:

PGCE Secondary Science (M). 2009

Media Coverage:

BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast - Your Call with Nicky Campbell. Expert on the slot about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch for the full hour long show. 7/2/18

BBC Radio Merseyside Breakfast Show - Slot in the morning show discussing Space, the BBC Astronaut programme and the National Schools' Observatory - 1/12/17

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