Dr Zach Cano


Hi. I am a Juan de la Cierva (postdoc) fellow at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) in Granada, Spain, where I have been working since September 2016. I am part of the High Energy Transients and their Hosts (HETH) group.  My previous postdoctoral position (November 2012 to September 2016) was as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. My areas of research are:

  • Core-collapse supernovae (ccSNe)
  • Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs)
  • Gamma-ray burst supernovae (associated with long-duration GRBs)
  • Macronovae/kilonovae (associated with short-duration GRBs)
  • Radiative transfer
  • Observational cosmology
  • EM counterparts to gravitational waves

I spend most of my time obtaining, reducing, and modelling observations of ccSNe, GRBs, GRB-SNe, and macronovae to determine the physical processes that occur during the explosion, and use these to constrain physical properties of the pre-explosion progenitor star.  Recently my interests have turned to using GRB-SNe as cosmic distance estimators (i.e. as standardizable candles), and have used them to estimate the Hubble constant.  

I am a former doctoral student at the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI), which is part of John Moores University in Liverpool. My former supervisor was Dr David Bersier and my doctoral thesis is titled "The Nature of Gamma Ray Burst Supernovae".


Science Writing

I am a freelance science writer, and have published popular science articles in the BBC's The Sky at Night Magazine, Astronomy Now, the Mercury Magazine, the Amateur Astronomy Magazine and Today's Science on File.

I have written about topics such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, the long-term stability of the solar system, Earth's moon and cosmology

Language Editing/Polishing

In addition to my scientific pursuits, I am a freelance English language editor, where I have edited over 1,000 STEM articles by non-native English speakers to a publishable standard.

Contact Details


Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)

Glorieta de la Astronomía, s/n

E18008 Granada




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