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.

Gavin Ramsay

Gavin has interests in accreting binaries, transients and activity on stars.

James McCormac

Project Manager

James is a project manager on the GOTO project.

Paul A. Strøm

Project Manager

Paul is a project manager on the GOTO project. He is also involved in the PLATO mission where he works for the PLATO science management office. Scientifically he works on a variety of astrophysical topics mainly focused on far-UV observations aimed at understanding exocomets.