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Dr Johanna Jarvis


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Professional biography

MPhys Astrophysics, University of Sussex, UK (2003) Upper 2nd Class

PhD 'On the origin of Lithium-Rich Stars in Open Clusters: Detailed Spectroscopy using the Very Large Telescope', Keele University, UK (2008)

I joined the astrophysics discipline of the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University in October 2013 on a three year part-time Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship. This represents a return to research after a 6 year career break. Since then I have moved to a dedicated Public Engagement role within the School of Physical Sciences (SPS) representing and supporting all disciplines. 

My current role, Citizen Science Research Associate and Odgen Science Officer, comprises three main strands of activity.  The first is supporting and promoting the work of COAST (Completely Autonomous Telescope), a state of the art telescope, unique in its ability to respond rapidly to events.  I am currently working on a free BOC (Badged Open Course) which will be freely available for use by the general public and schools with the objective of teaching participants how to use the telescope as well as providing broader astronomical education.

The second strand of my activity is working with SEPnet (South East Physics Network) a consortium of physics departments in nine universities, including the OU which aims to deliver excellence in Physics.  I am keen to coordinate, support and promote the outreach work of OU academics in this important field and I have expertise in running successful outreach and engagement events across the country.

The third strand is ASTERICS2020 an EU Horizon 2020 Funded project which is bringing together the astronomy, astrophysics and particle astrophysics communities, again, my role here includes dissemination of information and engagement with the public.

Though my current role is full and varied at the heart of all I do is the idea that as the Open University we should be opening up fascinating and sometimes complex subject areas and the associated opportunities for the benefit of all.


  • Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: a global cosmic ray detection framework, Sushchov et al., arXiv:1709.05230
  • We are all the Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory, Dhital et al., arXiv:1709:05196
  • Search for electromagnetic super-preshowers using gamma-ray telescopes, Almeida et al., Proceedings of the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2017), Bexco, Busan, Korea, arXiv:1709.05180
  • A citizen-science approach to muon events in imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope data: the Muon Hunter, Feng & Jarvis, Proceedings of the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2017), Bexco, Busan, Korea, arXiv:1708.06393
  • WASP-92b, WASP-93b and WASP-118b: Three new transiting close-in giant planets, Hay et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 463, 3, 3276, 2016
  • Gaia Alerts classified at the William Herschel Telescope, Dixon et al., The Astronomer's Telegram, #6593, 2014
  • PIRATE's on Board, (slides and video) Jarvis, J. F., Gaia Science Alerts Working Group (2014) ‘2014 Workshop Agenda' [online] available here [Accessed: 10th March 2015]
(earlier publications under maiden name)
  • Beryllium enhancement as evidence for accretion in a lithium-rich F dwarf, Ashwell et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 2005, 363, 1, L81
  • The Li overabundance of J37: Diffusion or accretion?, Ashwell et al., Proceedings of the 13th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, held 5-9 July, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany. Edited by F. Favata, G.A.J. Hussain, and B. Battrick. ESA SP-560, European Space Agency, 2005., 403
  • Synthesis of the Beryllium 3131Å spectral region, Ashwell, Jeffries & Smalley, Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana Supplement, 2005, 8, 206
  • The Li overabundance of J37: diffusion or accretion?, Ashwell et al., The A-Star Puzzle, held in Poprad, Slovakia, July 8-13, 2004. Edited by J. Zverko, J. Ziznovsky, S.J. Adelman, and W.W. Weiss, IAU Symposium, No. 224. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004., 590


November 2015: Open University 'Going the Extra Mile Award' in recognition of significant contributions to PIRATE.

March 2014: Royal Astronomical Society Grant to upgrade the hard drives storing the science output of the PIRATE facility in preparation for my research.

October 2013 - September 2016: Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship for 3 years on a 0.5 FTE basis.

September 2005: Place at the UK GRAD School for personal and career development

September 2003 - August 2006: PPARC (now STFC) Funded PhD Studentship at Keele University

August 2002 - September 2002: Nuffield Foundation Research Bursary


Teaching interests

As part of the Open University's nationwide team I have previously presented S104 Exploring Science, S282 Astronomy & S382 Astrophysics at undergraduate level to students around the world. This role required me to present tutorials and seminars both face-to-face and via an on-line interactive learning environment, support students by e-mail, on forums and on the phone as well as providing feedback on their submitted work.

In addtion to working for the Open University I work with the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences as the Project Imprementation Lead on the Cosmic Ray Extremely Distruibuted Observatory (CREDO) project.


Total eclipse of the heart: the AM CVn Gaia14aae/ASSASN-14cn (2015)
Campbell, H. C.; Marsh, T. R.; Fraser, M.; Hodgkin, S. T.; de Miguel, E.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Steeghs, D.; Hourihane, A.; Breedt, E.; Littlefair, S. P.; Koposov, S. E.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Altavilla, G.; Blagorodnova, N.; Clementini, G.; Damljanovic, G.; Delgado, A.; Dennefeld, M.; Drake, A. J.; Fernández-Hernández, J.; Gilmore, G.; Gualandi, R.; Hamanowicz, A.; Handzlik, B.; Hardy, L. K.; Harrison, D. L.; Iłkiewicz, K.; Jonker, P. G.; Kochanek, C. S.; Kołaczkowski, Z.; Kostrzewa-Rutkowska, Z.; Kotak, R.; van Leeuwen, G.; Leto, G.; Ochner, P.; Pawlak, M.; Palaversa, L.; Rixon, G.; Rybicki, K.; Shappee, B. J.; Smartt, S. J.; Torres, M. A. P.; Tomasella, L.; Turatto, M.; Ulaczyk, K.; van Velzen, S.; Vince, O.; Walton, N. A.; Wielgórski, P.; Wevers, T.; Whitelock, P.; Yoldas, A.; De Angeli, F.; Burgess, P.; Busso, G.; Busuttil, R.; Butterley, T.; Chambers, K. C.; Copperwheat, C.; Danilet, A. B.; Dhillon, V. S.; Evans, D. W.; Eyer, L.; Froebrich, D.; Gomboc, A.; Holland, G.; Holoien, T. W.-S.; Jarvis, J. F.; Kaiser, N.; Kann, D. A.; Koester, D.; Kolb, U.; Komossa, S.; Magnier, E. A.; Mahabal, A.; Polshaw, J.; Prieto, J. L.; Prusti, T.; Riello, M.; Scholz, A.; Simonian, G.; Stanek, K. Z.; Szabados, L.; Waters, C. and Wilson, R. W.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452(1) (pp. 1060-1067)

Exploring the use of labcasts to support associate lecturers (2020-04-30)
Brown, Venetia; Cayless, Alan and Jarvis, Jo
In : 9th eSTEeM Annual Conference: Informing Student Success - From Scholarship to Practice (29-30 Apr 2020, Virtual)