Biography

I completed an MSc in Physics and Astronomy from Bristol University in 2003 and a PhD in Astrophysics from University College London in 2009. After my PhD I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before taking up first a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012. I moved to Keele University in 2015 as an Ernest Rutherford Fellow and was awarded a lectureship the following year.

Research and scholarship

My research concerns the formation and dynamics of star clusters and what this can tell us about how stars and star clusters form and evolve. I use observations at a range of wavelengths from both ground and space-based observatories to study young stars in a number of different clusters and associations. In particular I use high-precision imaging and spectroscopic observations to acquire radial velocities and proper motions for young stars to expose their kinematics and the dynamical processes at work in star clusters. I am also interested in how stars generate a magnetic dynamo and emit X-rays. 

See my personal webpage for more information: http://www.astro.keele.ac.uk/~njw/

Teaching

"Stars and the Universe" (PHY-10026)

Selected Publications

  • Randich S, Pasquini L, Franciosini E, Magrini L, Jackson RJ, Jeffries RD, d'Orazi V, Romano D, Sanna N, Tautvaisiene G, Tsantaki M, Wright NJ, Gilmore G, Bensby T, Bragaglia A, Pancino E, Smiljanic R, Bayo A, Carraro G, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Morbidelli L, Worley CC. 2020. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Galactic evolution of lithium at high metallicity. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 640, Article ARTN L1. link> doi> full text>
  • Jackson RJ, Jeffries RD, Wright NJ, Randich S, Sacco G, Pancino E, Cantat-Gaudin T, Gilmore G, Vallenari A, Bensby T, Bayo A, Costado MT, Franciosini E, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Lewis J, Monaco L, Morbidelli L, Worley C. 2020. The Gaia-ESO Survey: membership probabilities for stars in 32 open clusters from 3D kinematics. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 496(4), 4701-4716. link> doi> full text>
  • Monguio M, Greimel R, Drew JE, Barentsen G, Groot PJ, Irwin MJ, Casares J, Gaensicke BT, Carter PJ, Corral-Santana JM, Gentile-Fusillo NP, Greiss S, van Haaften LM, Hollands M, Jones D, Kupfer T, Manser CJ, Murphy DNA, McLeod AF, Oosting T, Parker QA, Pyrzas S, Rodriguez-Gil P, van Roestel J, Scaringi S, Schellart P, Toloza O, Vaduvescu O, van Spaandonk L, Verbeek K, Wright NJ, Eisloeffel J, Fabregat J, Harris A, Morris RAH, Phillipps S, Raddi R, Sabin L, Unruh Y, Vink JS, Wesson R, Cardwell A, de Burgos A, Cochrane RK, Doostmohammadi S, Mocnik T, Stoev H, Suarez-Andres L, Tudor V, Wilson TG, Zegmott TJ. 2020. IGAPS: the merged IPHAS and UVEX optical surveys of the northern Galactic plane*. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 638. link> doi> full text>
  • Arnold B, Goodwin SP, Wright NJ. 2020. The velocity structure of Cygnus OB2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 495(3), 3474-3481. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Morford JC, Fenech DM, Prinja RK, Blomme R, Yates JA, Drake JJ, Eyres SPS, Richards AMS, Stevens IR, Wright NJ, Clark JS, Dougherty S, Pittard JM, Smith H, Vink JS. 2020. COBRaS: The e-MERLIN 21 cm Legacy survey of Cygnus OB2. Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 637, Article ARTN A64. link> doi> link> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Randich S, Pasquini L, Franciosini E, Magrini L, Jackson RJ, Jeffries RD, d'Orazi V, Romano D, Sanna N, Tautvaisiene G, Tsantaki M, Wright NJ, Gilmore G, Bensby T, Bragaglia A, Pancino E, Smiljanic R, Bayo A, Carraro G, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Morbidelli L, Worley CC. 2020. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Galactic evolution of lithium at high metallicity. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 640, Article ARTN L1. link> doi> full text>
  • Jackson RJ, Jeffries RD, Wright NJ, Randich S, Sacco G, Pancino E, Cantat-Gaudin T, Gilmore G, Vallenari A, Bensby T, Bayo A, Costado MT, Franciosini E, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Lewis J, Monaco L, Morbidelli L, Worley C. 2020. The Gaia-ESO Survey: membership probabilities for stars in 32 open clusters from 3D kinematics. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 496(4), 4701-4716. link> doi> full text>
  • Monguio M, Greimel R, Drew JE, Barentsen G, Groot PJ, Irwin MJ, Casares J, Gaensicke BT, Carter PJ, Corral-Santana JM, Gentile-Fusillo NP, Greiss S, van Haaften LM, Hollands M, Jones D, Kupfer T, Manser CJ, Murphy DNA, McLeod AF, Oosting T, Parker QA, Pyrzas S, Rodriguez-Gil P, van Roestel J, Scaringi S, Schellart P, Toloza O, Vaduvescu O, van Spaandonk L, Verbeek K, Wright NJ, Eisloeffel J, Fabregat J, Harris A, Morris RAH, Phillipps S, Raddi R, Sabin L, Unruh Y, Vink JS, Wesson R, Cardwell A, de Burgos A, Cochrane RK, Doostmohammadi S, Mocnik T, Stoev H, Suarez-Andres L, Tudor V, Wilson TG, Zegmott TJ. 2020. IGAPS: the merged IPHAS and UVEX optical surveys of the northern Galactic plane*. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 638. link> doi> full text>
  • Arnold B, Goodwin SP, Wright NJ. 2020. The velocity structure of Cygnus OB2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 495(3), 3474-3481. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Morford JC, Fenech DM, Prinja RK, Blomme R, Yates JA, Drake JJ, Eyres SPS, Richards AMS, Stevens IR, Wright NJ, Clark JS, Dougherty S, Pittard JM, Smith H, Vink JS. 2020. COBRaS: The e-MERLIN 21 cm Legacy survey of Cygnus OB2. Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 637, Article ARTN A64. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Armstrong JJ, Wright NJ, Jeffries RD, Jackson RJ. 2020. The dynamics of the gamma Vel cluster and nearby Vela OB2 association. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 494(4), 4794-4801. link> doi> full text>
  • Binks AS, Jeffries RD, Wright NJ. 2020. A kinematically hot population of young stars in the solar neighbourhood. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 494(2), 2429-2439. link> doi> full text>
  • Antoniou V, Zezas A, Drake JJ, Badenes C, Haberl F, Wright NJ, Hong J, Di Stefano R, Gaetz TJ, Long KS, Plucinsky PP, Sasaki M, Williams BF, Winkler PF, Collaboration SMCXVP. 2019. Deep Chandra Survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud. III. Formation Efficiency of High-mass X-Ray Binaries. Astrophysical Journal, vol. 887(1), Article ARTN 20. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ and Parker RJ. 2019. Kinematic signatures of cluster formation from cool collapse in the Lagoon Nebula cluster NGC 6530. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 489(2), 2694-2701. doi> full text>
  • Cantat-Gaudin T, Jordi C, Wright NJ, Armstrong JJ, Vallenari A, Balaguer-Nunez L, Ramos P, Bossini D, Padoan P, Pelkonen VML, Mapelli M, Jeffries RD. 2019. Expanding associations in the Vela-Puppis region 3D structure and kinematics of the young population. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 626, Article ARTN A17. link> doi> full text>
  • Schoettler C, Parker RJ, Arnold B, Grimmett LP, de Bruijne J, Wright NJ. 2019. Dynamical evolution of star-forming regions: III. Unbound stars and predictions for Gaia. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 487(4), 4615-4630. link> doi> full text>
  • Drew JE, Monguio M, Wright NJ. 2019. The O star hinterland of the Galactic starburst, NGC 3603. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 486(1), 1034-1044. link> doi> full text>
  • Berlanas SR, Wright NJ, Herrero A, Drew JE, Lennon DJ. 2019. Disentangling the spatial substructure of Cygnus OB2 from Gaia DR2. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 484(2), 1838-1842. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Jeffries RD, Jackson RJ, Bayo A, Bonito R, Damiani F, Kalari V, Lanzafame AC, Pancino E, Parker RJ, Prisinzano L, Randich S, Vink JS, Alfaro EJ, Bergemann M, Franciosini E, Gilmore G, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Jofre P, Koposov SE, Lewis J, Magrini L, Micela G, Morbidelli L, Sacco GG, Worley CC, Zaggia S. 2019. The Gaia-ESO Survey: asymmetric expansion of the Lagoon Nebula cluster NGC 6530 from GES and Gaia DR2. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 486(2), 2477-2493. link> doi>
  • Prisinzano L, Damiani F, Kalari V, Jeffries R, Bonito R, Micela G, Wright NJ, Jackson RJ, Tognelli E, Guarcello MG, Vink JS, Klutsch A, Jimenez-Esteban FM, Roccatagliata V, Tautvaisiene G, Gilmore G, Randich S, Alfaro EJ, Flaccomio E, Koposov S, Lanzafame A, Pancino E, Bergemann M, Carraro G, Franciosini E, Frasca A, Gonneau A, Hourihane A, Jofre P, Lewis J, Magrini L, Monaco L, Morbidelli L, Sacco GG, Worley CC, Zaggia S. 2019. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Age spread in the star forming region NGC 6530 from the HR diagram and gravity indicators. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 623, Article ARTN A159. link> doi>
  • Drew JE, Herrero A, Mohr-Smith M, Monguio M, Wright NJ, Kupfer T, Napiwotzki R. 2018. Massive stars in the hinterland of the young cluster, Westerlund 2. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 480(2), 2109-2124. link> doi> full text>
  • Parker RJ and Wright NJ. 2018. Evolution of spatio-kinematic structures in star-forming regions: are Friends of Friends worth knowing?. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Newton ER, Williams PKG, Drake JJ, Yadav RK. 2018. The stellar rotation-activity relationship in fully convective M dwarfs. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 479(2), 2351-2360. link> doi> full text>
  • Beccari G, Boffin HMJ, Jerabkova T, Wright NJ, Kalari VM, Carraro G, De Marchi G, de Wit W-J. 2018. A sextet of clusters in the Vela OB2 region revealed by Gaia. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 481(1), L11-L15. link> doi> full text>
  • Armstrong JJ, Wright NJ, Jeffries RD. 2018. The low-mass population of the Vela OB2 association from Gaia. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 480(1), L121-L125. link> doi> full text>
  • Bravi L, Zari E, Sacco GG, Randich S, Jeffries RD, Jackson RJ, Franciosini E, Moraux E, Lopez-Santiago J, Pancino E, Spina L, Wright N, Jimenez-Esteban FM, Klutsch A, Roccatagliata V, Gilmore G, Bragaglia A, Flaccomio E, Francois P, Koposov SE, Bayo A, Carraro G, Costado MT, Damiani F, Frasca A, Hourihane A, Jofre P, Lardo C, Lewis J, Magrini L, Morbidelli L, Prisinzano L, Sousa SG, Worley CC, Zaggia S. 2018. The Gaia-ESO Survey: a kinematical and dynamical study of four young open clusters. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 615, Article ARTN A37. link> doi> full text>
  • Guerrero MA, Sabin L, Tovmassian G, Santamaria E, Michel R, Ramos-Larios G, Alarie A, Morisset C, Bermudez Bustamante LC, Gonzalez CP, Wright NJ. 2018. Discovery of a New Classical Nova Shell Around a Nova-like Cataclysmic Variable. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 857(2), Article ARTN 80. link> doi> full text>
  • Wareing CJ, Pittard JM, Wright NJ, Falle SAEG. 2018. A new mechanical stellar wind feedback model for the Rosette Nebula. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 475(3), 3598-3612. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Harris A, Drew JE, Farnhill HJ, Monguio M, Gebran M, Wright NJ, Drake JJ, Sale SE. 2018. A and F stars as probes of outer Galactic disc kinematics. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 475(2), 1680-1695. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ and Mamajek EE. 2018. The kinematics of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association from Gaia DR1. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 476(1), 381-398. link> doi> full text>
  • Mohr-Smith M, Drew JE, Napiwotzki R, Simon-Diaz S, Wright NJ, Barentsen G, Eisloeffel J, Farnhill HJ, Greimel R, Monguio M, Kalari V, Parker QA, Vink JS. 2017. The deep OB star population in Carina from the VST Photometric H alpha Survey (VPHAS plus ). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 465(2), 1807-1830. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Beccari G, Petr-Gotzens MG, Boffin HMJ, Romaniello M, Fedele D, Carraro G, De Marchi G, de Wit W-J, Drew JE, Kalari VM, Manara CF, Martin EL, Mieske S, Panagia N, Testi L, Vink JS, Walsh JR, Wright NJ. 2017. A tale of three cities OmegaCAM discovers multiple sequences in the color-magnitude diagram of the Orion Nebula Cluster. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 604, Article ARTN A22. link> doi> full text>
  • Sacco GG, Spina L, Randich S, Palla F, Parker RJ, Jeffries RD, Jackson R, Meyer MR, Mapelli M, Lanzafame AC, Bonito R, Damiani F, Franciosini E, Frasca A, Klutsch A, Prisinzano L, Tognelli E, Degl'Innocenti S, Moroni PGP, Alfaro EJ, Micela G, Prusti T, Barrado D, Biazzo K, Bouy H, Bravi L, Lopez-Santiago J, Wright NJ, Bayo A, Gilmore G, Bragaglia A, Flaccomio E, Koposov SE, Pancino E, Casey AR, Costado MT, Donati P, Hourihane A, Jofre P, Lardo C, Lewis J, Magrini L, Monaco L, Morbidelli L, Sousa SG, Worley CC, Zaggia S. 2017. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Structural and dynamical properties of the young cluster Chamaeleon I. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 601, Article ARTN A97. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Bouy H, Drew JE, Manuel Sarro L, Bertin E, Cuillandre J-C, Barrado D. 2016. Cygnus OB2 DANCe: A high-precision proper motion study of the Cygnus OB2 association. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 460(3), 2593-2610. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ and Drake JJ. 2016. Solar-type dynamo behaviour in fully convective stars without a tachocline. Nature, vol. 535(7613), 526-528. link> doi> full text>
  • Rigliaco E, Wilking B, Meyer MR, Jeffries RD, Cottaar M, Frasca A, Wright NJ, Bayo A, Bonito R, Damiani F, Jackson RJ, Jimenez-Esteban F, Kalari VM, Klutsch A, Lanzafame AC, Sacco G, Gilmore G, Randich S, Alfaro EJ, Bragaglia A, Costado MT, Franciosini E, Lardo C, Monaco L, Morbidelli L, Prisinzano L, Sousa SG, Zaggia S. 2016. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Dynamical analysis of the L1688 region in Ophiuchus. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 588, Article ARTN A123. link> doi> full text>
  • Rauw G, Wright NJ, Drake JJ, Guarcello MG. 2015. X-RAY EMISSION FROM MASSIVE STARS IN CYG OB2. Astrophysical Journal Supplement. doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Drew JE, Mohr-Smith M. 2015. The Massive Star Population of Cygnus OB2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 449(1), 741-760. doi> full text>
  • Sale SE, Drew JE, Barentsen G, Farnhill HJ, Raddi R, Barlow MJ, Eisloffel J, Vink JS, Rodriguez-Gil P, Wright NJ. 2014. A 3D extinction map of the northern Galactic plane based on IPHAS photometry. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Verbeek K, Groot PJ, Scaringi S, Casares J, Wright NJ. 2014. Ultraviolet-excess sources with a red/infrared counterpart: low-mass companions, debris discs and QSO selection. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Wesson R, Drew JE, Barentsen G, Barlow MJ. 2014. The ionized nebula surrounding the red supergiant W26 in Westerlund 1. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ, Parker RJ, Goodwin SP, Drake JJ. Constraints on massive star formation: Cygnus OB2 was always an association. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Parker RJ, Wright NJ, Goodwin SP, Meyer MR. 2013. Dynamical evolution of star-forming regions. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Greiss S, Steeghs D, Gaensicke BT, Martin EL, Groot PJ, Irwin MJ, Gonzalez-Solares E, Greimel R, Knigge C, Ostensen RH, Verbeek K, Drew JE, Drake J, Jonker PG, Ripepi V, Scaringi S, Southworth J, Still M, Wright NJ, Farnhill H, van Haaften LM, Shah S. 2012. INITIAL DATA RELEASE OF THE KEPLER-INT SURVEY. ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, vol. 144(1), Article ARTN 24. link> doi>
  • Parker RJ and Wright NJ. 2016. Dynamical evolution of star-forming regions - II. Basic kinematics. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 457(4), 3430-3447. link> doi> full text>
  • Sabin L, Parker QA, Corradi RLM, Wright NJ. 2014. First release of the IPHAS catalogue of new extended planetary nebulae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Parker RJ, Goodwin SP, Wright NJ, Meyer MR, Quanz SP. 2016. Mass segregation in star clusters is not energy equipartition. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 459(1), L119-L123. link> doi> full text>
  • Mohr-Smith M, Drew JE, Barentsen G, Wright NJ, Napiwotzki R. 2015. New OB star candidates in the Carina Arm around Westerlund 2 from VPHAS+. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ. OB associations and their origins. link> full text>
  • Hong J, Antoniou V, Zezas A, Haberl F, Drake JJ, Plucinsky PP, Gaetz T, Sasaki M, Williams B, Long KS, Blair WP, Winkler PF, Wright NJ, Laycock S, Udalski A. 2016. SXP 214: AN X-RAY PULSAR IN THE SMALL MAGELLANIC CLOUD, CROSSING THE CIRCUMSTELLAR DISK OF THE COMPANION. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 826(1), Article ARTN 4. link> doi> full text>
  • Wright NJ. The Kinematics of Star Formation: Theory and Observation in the Gaia Era. link> full text>
  • Barentsen G, Drew JE, Farnhill HJ, Wright NJ. 2014. The second data release of the INT Photometric Hα Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS DR2). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>
  • Drew JE, Gonzalez-Solares E, Greimel R, Irwin MJ, Wright NJ. 2014. The VST Photometric Hα Survey of the Southern Galactic Plane and Bulge (VPHAS+). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. doi> full text>

Other

  • Wright NJ. 2018. The Dynamics of OB Associations. http://coolstars20.cfa.harvard.edu/abstracts.html. Zenodo. link> doi> link>
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