Former Winstanley student, Dr Joanne Bibby, was awarded a First Class Honours in Astrophysics from the University of Liverpool in 2007, where her final year project focused on the link between Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae.
Joanne went on to complete her PhD at the University of Sheffield investigating “Wolf-Rayet Stars’ as Progenitors of Type Ib/c Core-Collapse Supernovae” with her supervisor Paul Crowther.
Following the award of her PhD, Joanne was offered a Hilary Lipsitz Research Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York which she began in 2010. Here Joanne extended her research on supernova progenitors using unrivalled optical photometric data from the Hubble Space Telescope. During her time at the Museum Joanne was invited to present her research at conferences in Japan, Sydney and Germany.
Joanne is now a lecturer of Astrophysics within the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute at the University of Central Lancashire. Joanne also enjoys undertaking outreach activities, either running after school classes, observing events, or visiting local schools.