Gillian Wilson

Professor (Cosmology)
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of California, Riverside
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827 6274
Fax: (951) 827 4529
Email: gillianw@ucr.edu
Office: Pierce 2112A

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I lead

The SpARCS Survey,

which has detected hundreds of clusters at z > 1 in the 50 square degree Spitzer SWIRE Legacy Survey Fields. Because clusters are rare, a wide-area survey is important to detect a representative sample. SpARCS' innovation is that it utilizes Spitzer Space Telescope IR observations, in combination with ground-based optical imaging, allowing clusters to be detected to higher redshift than traditional techniques. The SpARCS collaboration will be studying these new clusters for many years to come.

I also lead

The Gemini Cluster Astrophysics Spectroscopic Survey (GCLASS),

a large (25 night) multi-year (2007-2012) follow-up program of SpARCS clusters using the Gemini Telescopes.

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I am also involved with the SERVS and AEGIS surveys.

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Research Opportunities

I welcome Graduate Students. If you are in the UCR Physics & Astronomy Graduate Program and considering studying for a Masters or Ph.D. degree under my supervision, please contact me.

I also offer Undergraduate Research Experience e.g., (paid) summer research and/or (unpaid) term-time research for credit or senior thesis.

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This work is supported, in part, by The National Science Foundation.