I’m a SALT Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. I am part of the team of astronomers who manage the SALT telescope operations and observe on behalf of all the SALT partners.

My research within the field of galaxy formation and evolution currently concentrates on the impact of mergers on the growth of galaxies, the mechanisms that shut down star formation in galaxies, environmental effects within groups and cluster of galaxies and large but faint “ultra-diffuse” galaxies. For more information on my research, see the Research and Publications pages.

I completed my PhD at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy with Eric Bell. I returned to South Africa in 2013 to take up an NRF PDP postdoctoral fellowship as part of David Gilbank‘s research group, after my first postdoc at Yale University, where I worked with Pieter van Dokkum and the 3D-HST team.


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The 3D-HST Catalogue paper: Skelton et al. 2014, ApJS 214, 24. The paper describes the WFC3-selected multi-wavelength catalogues of the 3D-HST/CANDELS fields, released publicly in March 2014 (v4.1 Data Release). See the 3D-HST webpage for more details and to download the catalogues and images used in the analysis.