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Peter Taylor

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Pasadena, CA 91109

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Origin of the Universe


Peter Taylor grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied in the UK, completing his research masters working with Richard Massey and Mathilde Jauzac on strong gravitational lensing and self-interacting dark matter. He did his PhD on cosmological inference with cosmic shear at University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, supervised by Tom Kitching and Jason McEwen. He is a member of Euclid and co-leads the forward modelling work package inside the weak lensing science working group.


  • PhD, Astrophysics, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK (2019)
  • MRes, Astrophysics, Durham University, UK (2017)
  • MMath, Mathematics, University of Oxford, UK (2015)

Professional Experience

Nasa Postdoctoral Program Fellow,  JPL (2019- Present)

Community Service

Euclid Consortium Diversity Committee

Research Interests

Gravitational Lensing, Cosmology, Statistical Inference

Selected Awards

  • UCL Dean's Commendation Thesis Prize, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Science, University College London (2020)
  • Alan Johnstone for Outstanding Graduate Research, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London (2018)

Selected Publications

  • Peter L. Taylor, Thomas D. Kitching, Justin Alsing, Benjamin D. Wandelt, Stephen M. Feeney, and Jason D. McEwen. Cosmic Shear: Inference from Forward Models. Phys. Rev. D, 100(2):023519, 2019.
  • Peter L. Taylor, Thomas D. Kitching, and Jason D. McEwen. Nonparametric cosmology with cosmic shear. Phys. Rev. D, 99:043532, 2019.
  • Peter L. Taylor, Francis Bernardeau, and Thomas D. Kitching. k-cut cosmic shear: Tuneable power spectrum sensitivity to test gravity. Phys. Rev. D, 98(8):083514, 2018.
  • Peter L. Taylor, Thomas D. Kitching, Jason D. McEwen, and Thomas Tram. Testing the cosmic shear spatially-flat universe approximation with generalized lensing and shear spectra. Phys.Rev. D, 98(2):023522, 2018.
  • Peter L. Taylor, Thomas D. Kitching, and Jason D. McEwen. Preparing for the cosmic shear data flood: Optimal data extraction and simulation requirements for stage iv dark energy experiments. Phys. Rev. D, 98:043532, 2018.
  • Peter Taylor, Richard Massey, Mathilde Jauzac, Frederic Courbin, David Harvey, Remy Joseph, and Andrew Robertson. A test for skewed distributions of dark matter, and a possible detection in galaxy cluster abell 3827. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronom-ical Society, 468(4):50045013, 2017.