Michael Childress' Home Page

Links to my CV and publications, and details of my research projects.

Research Interests

  • Time-Domain Observational Astrophysics
  • Environments and Progenitors of Supernovae
  • Cosmic Expansion and Dark Energy
  • Inter-Stellar Medium and Stellar Populations of Galaxies
  • Instrumentation and Data Reduction

Scientific Collaborations

  • SkyMapper Transients Survey
  • OzDES - the Australian contributors to the Dark Energy Survey
  • PESSTO - the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects


I am currently a Lecturer at the University of Southampton in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as part of the Astronomy Group.

Previously I was a CAASTRO postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University working for Professor Brian Schmidt on the SkyMapper Transients survey.

I received my PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley in 2011. My thesis, entitled "Host Galaxies of Type Ia Supernovae from the Nearby Supernova Factory", was conducted under the supervision of my advisors Dr. Greg Aldering and Prof. Saul Perlmutter.

I received my B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. I did my undergraduate research at the MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA), supervised by Prof. Vladan Vuletic.

I am originally from Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. I graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathetmatics in 2001.