Stéphane Courteau

Position:Professor & Observatory Director
Office:Stirling Hall 308D

Research Interests

Formation, Structure and Evolution of Galaxies, Dark Matter, Galaxy Dynamics, Scaling Relations of Galaxies, Multi-Wavelength Data, Stellar Populations, Star Formation Histories, Numerical Methods, Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

Prospective students, please read about research opportunities in my group.


Ph.D. 1992University of California at Santa Cruz (Lick Observatory)
Thesis: Tully-Fisher Distances and Galaxy Motions in the Northern Sky
Advisor: UC University Professor Sandra M. Faber
B.Sc. 1985Université de Montréal


2012-Professor, Queen’s University, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
2005-2011Associate Professor, Queen’s University, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
2004-2005Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Department of Physics
1999-2003Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Physics & Astronomy
1996-99NRC Research Associate, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
1993-96NOAO Fellow, Kitt Peak National Observatory
1992-93NSERC Fellow, Cornell University

Visiting Faculty (Sabbatical)

2022University of Western Australia, ICRAR
2014IAC Tenerife, Severo Ochoa Scholar
2007MPIA Heidelberg; Università di Padova

Committees & Service (outside of Queen’s)

2016-ACURA Board Member
2015-2020Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Scientific Advisory Council
2014-17Gemini Large Programs Time Assignment Committee
2014-17CASCA Director
2013-14CASCA 2nd Vice-President
2013-18Executive member of IAU Division J Steering Committee on Galaxies and Cosmology
2012Canadian Time Assignment Committee (CanTAC) – Super Chair
2010-12CanTAC – Extragalactic Panel Member, Chair (2011)
2006-09Canadian ALMA Science Steering Committee (CASSC)
2006AAS Henri Chrétien Award Prize Committee
2006CASCA Nominating Committee
2004-05Canadian Gemini Science Steering Committee (CGSSC)
2003-06National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) Extra-Galactic Time Allocation Committee
2003National Science Foundation (NSF) “Galaxy Evolution” Review Panel
2001-03James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) Canada Time Allocation Committee
2001-03CASCA Awards Committee
1998Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 8 Review – Distant Galaxies Panel
1996-99NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics Science Committee

Stéphane Courteau and PhD advisor Sandra Faber at Lick Observatory in 1991.