Catherine Heymans


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Research Interests

I am a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy within the University of Edinburgh, based at the Royal Observatory.

I currently hold a European Research Council Consolidator Grant Fellowship.

My research focusses on cosmology, specifically making detailed observations of the Dark Universe. I co-lead the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Lensing Survey (CFHTLenS) and the ESO the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS).


I am the Course Organiser of a new pre-honours Introductory Astrophysics course.  In this applied physics course we use innovative teaching practises based on the "flipped classroom" approach.  The majority of the course content is distributed via our coursebook and tested through weekly online quizzes.  The lecture contact time is then reserved to develop our students understanding.  We place strong emphasis on the benefits of peer learning and we develop our students problem solving skills in weekly teaching studio workshops.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Weak Gravitational Lensing and Intrinsic Galaxy Alignments, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Master of Physics, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000


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  • The halo model for cosmology: a pedagogical review

    Asgari, M., Mead, A. J. & Heymans, C., 7 Nov 2023, In: The Open Journal of Astrophysics. 6, p. 1-29 29 p.

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  • DES Y3 + KiDS-1000: Consistent cosmology combining cosmic shear surveys

    Dark Energy Survey and Kilo-Degree Survey Collaboration, Abbott, T. M. C., Aguena, M., Alarcon, A., Alves, O., Amon, A., Andrade-Oliveira, F., Asgari, M., Avila, S., Bacon, D., Bechtol, K., Becker, M. R., Bernstein, G. M., Bertin, E., Bilicki, M., Blazek, J., Bocquet, S., Brooks, D., Burger, P., Burke, D. L., & 141 othersCamacho, H., Campos, A., Rosell, A. C., Kind, M. C., Carretero, J., Castander, F. J., Cawthon, R., Chang, C., Chen, R., Choi, A., Conselice, C., Cordero, J., Crocce, M., Costa, L. N. D., Pereira, M. E. D. S., Dalal, R., Davis, C., Jong, J. T. A. D., DeRose, J., Desai, S., Diehl, H. T., Dodelson, S., Doel, P., Doux, C., Drlica-Wagner, A., Dvornik, A., Eckert, K., Eifler, T. F., Elvin-Poole, J., Everett, S., Fang, X., Ferrero, I., Ferté, A., Flaugher, B., Friedrich, O., Frieman, J., García-Bellido, J., Gatti, M., Giannini, G., Giblin, B., Gruen, D., Gruendl, R. A., Gutierrez, G., Harrison, I., Hartley, W. G., Herner, K., Heymans, C., Hildebrandt, H., Hinton, S. R., Hoekstra, H., Hollowood, D. L., Honscheid, K., Huang, H., Huff, E. M., Huterer, D., James, D. J., Jarvis, M., Jeffrey, N., Jeltema, T., Joachimi, B., Joudaki, S., Kannawadi, A., Krause, E., Kuehn, K., Kuijken, K., Kuropatkin, N., Lahav, O., Leget, P. -F., Lemos, P., Li, S. -S., Li, X., Liddle, A. R., Lima, M., Lin, C. -A., Lin, H., MacCrann, N., Mahony, C., Marshall, J. L., McCullough, J., Mena-Fernández, J., Menanteau, F., Miquel, R., Mohr, J. J., Muir, J., Myles, J., Napolitano, N., Navarro-Alsina, A., Ogando, R. L. C., Palmese, A., Pandey, S., Park, Y., Paterno, M., Peacock, J. A., Petravick, D., Pieres, A., Malagón, A. A. P., Porredon, A., Prat, J., Radovich, M., Raveri, M., Reischke, R., Robertson, N. C., Rollins, R. P., Romer, A. K., Roodman, A., Rykoff, E. S., Samuroff, S., Sánchez, C., Sanchez, E., Sanchez, J., Schneider, P., Secco, L. F., Sevilla-Noarbe, I., Shan, H. -Y., Sheldon, E., Shin, T., Sifón, C., Smith, M., Soares-Santos, M., Stölzner, B., Suchyta, E., Swanson, M. E. C., Tarle, G., Thomas, D., To, C., Troxel, M. A., Tröster, T., Tutusaus, I., Busch, J. L. V. D., Varga, T. N., Walker, A. R., Weaverdyck, N., Wechsler, R. H., Weller, J., Wiseman, P., Wright, A. H., Yanny, B., Yin, B., Yoon, M., Zhang, Y. & Zuntz, J., 20 Oct 2023, In: The Open Journal of Astrophysics. 6, p. 1-40 40 p.

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  • KiDS-1000: Combined halo-model cosmology constraints from galaxy abundance, galaxy clustering and galaxy-galaxy lensing

    Dvornik, A., Heymans, C., Asgari, M., Mahony, C., Joachimi, B., Bilicki, M., Chisari, E., Hildebrandt, H., Hoekstra, H., Johnston, H., Kuijken, K., Mead, A., Miyatake, H., Nishimichi, T., Reischke, R., Unruh, S. & Wright, A. H., 20 Jul 2023, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 675, p. 1-25 25 p., A189.

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  • The halo model with beyond-linear halo bias: unbiasing cosmological constraints from galaxy-galaxy lensing and clustering

    Mahony, C., Dvornik, A., Mead, A., Heymans, C., Asgari, M., Hildebrandt, H., Miyatake, H., Nishimichi, T. & Reischke, R., 1 Sept 2022, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society . 515, 2, p. 2612-2623 12 p.

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  • KiDS-1000: cosmic shear with enhanced redshift calibration

    Busch, J. L. V. D., Wright, A. H., Hildebrandt, H., Bilicki, M., Asgari, M., Joudaki, S., Blake, C., Heymans, C., Kannawadi, A., Shan, H. Y. & Tröster, T., 26 Aug 2022, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 664, p. 1-20 20 p., A170.

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