I am a postdoc within the Pan-STARRS data analysis team, with a focus on pipeline development and data quality analysis. I am also a member of the UNIONS survey team, and data reduction lead of the WHIGS survey. My software interests include photometric data analysis projects, survey analysis and large-scale data visualisation.

Scientifically, my interests are mostly confined to negative redshifts and focused on the Milky Way and its environs. I study substructures such as streams, overdensities and globular clusters within the Milky Way, as well as dwarf galaxies within the Local Group.

One of my main goals is to determine star formation histories and timescales from resolved star colours and spectroscopy through colour-magnitude analysis, to study a variety of interesting processes ranging from Epoch of Reionization to IMFs andthe low-mass tail of the star-formation process.

2002-2007: Undergraduate eduction in Physics & Astronomy, Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam

2007-2012 PhD in astronomy at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen

2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge/Institute of Astronomy

2017 – 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Surrey

2018 – Present: Pan-STARRS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii


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Research Themes: Instrumentation, Surveys and Projects, Milky Way and Local Group Star, Stars and Stellar Evolution

Research Keywords: Astrometry, Dark Matter, Dwarf Galaxies, SDSS, Galactic Structure, Galaxies, Galaxy Formation/Evolution, Observations, Optical, Spectroscopy, Stars, Stellar Evolution, Surveys

My research is focused on studying the stellar population content of resolved stellar systems, such as dwarf galaxies, stellar clusters and stellar streams. By studying the spatial distribution, colour-magnitude diagram morphology and spectroscopic abundances of stars, I can study the formation and evolution history of these systems and determine how they were formed.

Thomas de Boer

Pan-STARRS Astronomical Survey Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2012, University of Groningen
  • Pan-STARRS
IfA Mānoa, B-204