Mark Kennedy

Mark is a Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellow at University College Cork, Ireland. His interests are in studying stellar remnants in the Milky Way, and through the “Invisible Monsters” project, he will be searching for the missing galactic black hole population in the next generation of all sky surveys.

Rene Breton

Rene Breton is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. His research interests revolve around neutron stars and pulsars, transients, binary systems, tests of gravity and neutron star equation of state.

Rhaana Starling

Rhaana is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester, researching astrophysical transients. She combines observations from space and from the ground to understand the physics behind gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events and unidentified transients, as well as studying supermassive black holes in active galaxies.

Paul O’Brien

Paul has research interests in explosive transients, tidal disruption events and multi-messenger sources. In addition to GOTO, Paul is an investigator on several space missions designed to find transients and survey the sky at high energies.

Klaas Wiersema

Klaas is a postdoctoral research fellow at Warwick. He works on transients that are
associated with non-thermal emission, such as gamma-ray bursts and gravitational wave
sources. He uses polarimetry as a tool to understand transient populations better, and
enjoys looking through the GOTO data for new transients.

Martin Dyer


Martin is a postdoctoral researcher working on GOTO operations, control software and scheduling. From 2015-19 he developed the GOTO Telescope Control System as his PhD research project.

Joe Lyman

Software Developer

Joe Lyman is a software developer for the GOTO project, working on the real-time pipeline and marshall. His science interests are astrophysical transients, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae, and the galaxies they inhabit.

Enric Pallé
Vik Dhillon

Professor of Astrophysics at the
University of Sheffield. Member of the GOTO Executive Board and GOTO Steering Committee.

Kendall Ackley

Kendall is a postdoc with the GOTO team at University of Warwick. She is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Her research interests are in coordination of EM follow-up of gravitational wave sources, astrophysical transients such as gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae, and machine learning techniques with applications to large-scale data sets.