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Mr Adam McMaster

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I’m an astronomy PhD student supervised by Professor Andrew Norton, Dr Ulrich Kolb, and Dr Hugh Dickinson. I’m working on the SuperWASP Variable Stars project on the Zooniverse.

Before starting my PhD, I worked in the web hosting industry and have many years of programming experience developing websites, web services, and related tools. Most recently I worked at the University of Oxford as a developer and cloud computing engineer with the Zooniverse.

I have a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester and a BSc in Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science) from the Open University.

Research interests

My research interests include astrophysical transients, time-domain astronomy, and applications of machine learning to the classification of astronomical data.


A SuperWASP Light Curve Displaying a Single Long-duration Transit: A Jupiter Size Exoplanet in a Very Distant Orbit? (2022)
Norton, Andrew; Dickinson, Hugh; McMaster, Adam; Middleton, Matthew and West, Richard
Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 6, Article 84(4)

Disaster, Infrastructure and Participatory Knowledge: The Planetary Response Network (2022)
Simmons, Brooke D.; Lintott, Chris; Reece, Steven; Allen, Campbell; Miller, Grant R. M.; Yore, Rebekah; Jones, David; Ishikawa, Sascha T.; Jardine-McNamara, Tom; Boyer, Amy R.; O’Donnell, James E.; Fortson, Lucy; Kuzin, Danil; McMaster, Adam; Trouille, Laura and Wolfenbarger, Zach
Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 7(1) (p 21)

VeSPA: The SuperWASP Variable Star Photometry Archive (2021-10)
Mcmaster, Adam; Norton, Andrew J.; Dickinson, Hugh J.; Thiemann, Heidi B. and Kolb, Ulrich C.
Research Notes of the AAS, 5(10) (p 228)

SuperWASP Variable Stars: Classifying Light Curves Using Citizen Science (2021-03)
Thiemann, Heidi B.; Norton, Andrew J.; Dickinson, Hugh J.; McMaster, Adam and Kolb, Ulrich C.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 502(1) (pp. 1299-1311)

VeSPA: The SuperWASP Variable Star Photometry Archive (2021-06)
McMaster, Adam; Norton, Andrew; Dickinson, Hugh; Thiemann, Adelheid and Kolb, Ulrich
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University