Navarro, Julio



Phone number: (250) 721-6644
Department: Physics & Astronomy

Research description:

- The Formation of Galaxies
- The Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Expertise Profile
The universe is a puzzle still being solved.

As a cosmologist, Dr. Julio Navarro studies this mystery, its origins and its evolution.

His research on galaxy formation and evolution, primarily using sophisticated computer simulations, has shaped our current understanding of how structures in the universe evolved.

Like an archeologist, Dr. Navarro digs through the properties of stars in our galaxy and beyond to work out how these clusters of solar systems first formed.

One of the world's leading astrophysicists, he is especially well known for his work on dark matter, a mysterious substance that holds galaxies together.

In his teaching, Dr. Navarro uses lectures to motivate and inspire his students. Instead of showing how to do complex problems on a chalkboard, he explains why those problems are important to the field of astronomy.

He's the only Canadian member of the Virgo consortium, an international team of astrophysicists who developed the largest computer simulation ever of the structure and evolution of the universe.

In 2011, Dr. Navarro was honoured to be elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for outstanding scholarly and scientific achievement. The distinction is considered Canada's highest academic accolade.

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International research:

Dr. Navarro is involved in a number of international collaborations, for example C4: the Canadian Computational Cosmology Collaboration, which brings together groups at UVic, McMaster, Washington (U.S.A.), Durham (U.K.) and Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Germany). He is also involved in the Virgo Consortium, a major U.K./German collaboration.

International activities:

He frequently acts as a reviewer and consultant for a number of agencies across the world, including NSF and NASA in the U.S.A., international journals in North America and Europe, and many European foundations and granting agencies.

Countries lived or worked in:

He grew up and studied in Argentina, in 1989 he went to Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. on a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He then moved to Cambridge University and Durham University in England on a postdoctoral fellowship. In 1994 he joined the University of Arizona as a Bart Bok Fellow. He joined the University of Victoria in 1998 as an Assistant Professor and a Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). He is currently a Professor, and a Fellow of CIAR and of the Guggenheim Foundation.


Spanish, Italian, some French and Portuguese

UVic Speakers bureau

Julio Navarro takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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