Here is my work to date. Below there is a list of refereed publications, talks I have given, unrefereed conference proceedings, and the undergraduate teaching I have undertaken.


  1. The pattern speed of the Milky Way bar from transverse velocities, Sanders, Smith & Evans, MNRAS submitted, 2019
  2. Transverse kinematics of the Galactic bar-bulge from VVV and Gaia, Sanders, Smith, Evans & Lucas, MNRAS submitted, 2019
  3. Lessons from the curious case of the `fastest' star in Gaia DR2 , Boubert, Strader, Aguado, Seabroke, Koposov, Sanders, Swihart, Chomiuk & Evans, MNRAS, 2019
  4. A spectroscopic mass, distance and age estimator for red giant stars, Das & Sanders, MNRAS, 2019
  5. Isochrone ages for ~3 million stars with Gaia DR2, Sanders & Das, MNRAS, 2018
  6. Tidal disruption of dwarf spheroidal galaxies: the strange case of Crater II, Sanders, Evans & Dehnen, MNRAS, 2018
  7. The Sausage Globular Clusters, Myeong, Evans, Belokurov, Sanders & Koposov, ApJL, 2018
  8. Discovery of new retrograde substructures: the shards of ω Centauri?, Myeong, Evans, Belokurov, Sanders & Koposov, MNRAS, 2018
  9. A two-parameter family of double-power-law biorthonormal potential-density expansions, Lilley, Sanders & Evans, MNRAS 2018
  10. Galaxy halo expansions: a new biorthogonal family of potential-density pairs, Lilley, Sanders, Evans & Erkal, MNRAS 2018
  11. The Super-NFW model: an analytic dynamical model for cold dark matter haloes and elliptical galaxies, Lilley, Evans & Sanders, MNRAS, 2018
  12. The Milky Way Halo in Action Space, Myeong, Evans, Belokurov, Sanders & Koposov, ApJL, 2018
  13. The shapes and alignments of the satellites of the Milky Way and Andromeda, Sanders & Evans, MNRAS, 2017
  14. Climbing the cosmic ladder with stellar twins in RAVE with Gaia, Jofre, et al., MNRAS, 2017
  15. A halo substructure in Gaia Data Release 1, Myeong, Evans, Belokurov, Koposov & Sanders, MNRAS, 2017
  16. The Gaia-ESO Survey: dynamical models of flattened, rotating globular clusters, Jeffreson, Sanders & Gaia-ESO collaboration, MNRAS, 2017
  17. The RAVE-on catalog of stellar atmospheric parameters and chemical abundances for chemo-dynamic studies in the Gaia era, Casey et al., ApJ, 2017
  18. Reflection symmetries of isolated self-consistent stellar systems, An, Evans & Sanders, MNRAS, 2017
  19. Mass estimators for flattened dispersion-supported galaxies, Sanders & Evans, ApJ Letters, 2016
  20. Indirect dark matter detection for flattened dwarf galaxies, Sanders, Evans, Geringer-Sameth & Dehnen, Phys. Rev. D, 2016
  21. The number and size of subhalo-induced gaps in stellar streams, Erkal, Belokurov, Bovy & Sanders, MNRAS, 2016
  22. Linear perturbation theory for tidal streams and the small-scale CDM power spectrum, Bovy, Erkal & Sanders, MNRAS, 2016
  23. Simple J-Factors and D-Factors for indirect dark matter detection, Evans, Sanders & Geringer-Sameth, Phys. Rev. D, 2016
  24. Stray, swing and scatter: angular momentum evolution of orbits and streams in aspherical potentials, Erkal, Sanders & Belokurov, MNRAS, 2016
  25. Shepherding tidal debris with the Galactic bar: The Ophiuchus stream, Hattori, Erkal & Sanders, MNRAS, 2016
  26. A review of action estimation methods for galactic dynamics, Sanders & Binney, MNRAS, 2016
  27. Dynamics of stream-subhalo interactions, Sanders, Bovy & Erkal, MNRAS, 2016
  28. On the alignment of the stress tensor in galaxies, Evans, Sanders, Williams, An, Lynden-Bell & Dehnen, MNRAS, 2015
  29. Self-consistent triaxial models, Sanders and Evans, MNRAS, 2015
  30. Extended distribution functions for our Galaxy, Sanders and Binney, MNRAS, 2015
  31. A fast algorithm for estimating actions in triaxial potentials, Sanders and Binney, MNRAS, 2015
  32. Probabilistic model for constraining the Galactic potential using tidal streams , Sanders, MNRAS, 2014
  33. Actions, angles and frequencies for numerically integrated orbits, Sanders and Binney, MNRAS, 2014
  34. Stream-orbit misalignment II: a new algorithm to constrain the Galactic potential, Sanders and Binney, MNRAS, 2013
  35. Stream-orbit misalignment I: the dangers of orbit-fitting, Sanders and Binney, MNRAS, 2013
  36. Determining the velocity dispersion of the thick disc, Sanders, MNRAS, 2012
  37. Angle-action estimation in a general axisymmetric potential, Sanders, MNRAS, 2012


  • Kinematics of the Galactic bulge with VVV and Gaia DR2, The life and times of the Milky Way, November 2018, Shanghai, China
  • Halo discussion (invited), The life and times of the Milky Way, November 2018, Shanghai, China
  • Tidal disruption of dwarf galaxies, Stellar Haloes across the Cosmos, July 2018, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Chronologically dissecting the Galaxy, Week of WEAVE, December 2017, Barcelona, Spain
  • Dark-matter haloes of the Local Group, Departmental Seminar November 2017, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK
  • Heating history of the solar neighbourhood with Gaia DR1, The science of Gaia and future challenges August 2017, Lund, Sweden
  • Chemo-dynamical Milky Way models in the era of Gaia, National Astronomy Meeting July 2017, Hull, UK
  • Dynamical modelling of globular clusters and tidal streams, Departmental Seminar June 2017, University of Leicester, UK
  • The dark-matter halo mass spectrum of the Milky Way, Departmental Seminar May 2017, University of Cardiff, UK
  • The dark-matter halo mass spectrum of the Milky Way, Departmental Seminar May 2017, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Dwarf spheroidal scatter, Coffee talk April 2017, University of Edinburgh
  • Revealing the dark-matter halo mass spectrum of the Milky Way, Departmental seminar November 2016, University of Bristol, UK
  • Revealing the dark-matter halo mass spectrum of the Milky Way, Departmental seminar, October 2016, Lund University, Sweden
  • Extended DFs for the Galactic Disc(s), Oxford mini-symposium, June 2016, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dark matter annihilation in Milky Way dwarf spheroidals, Wednesday lunchtime talks, March 2016, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Chemo-dynamical modelling of large spectroscopic surveys (APOGEE & Gaia-ESO), Gaia-ESO Third Science, December 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Stream modelling, Streams workshop, July 2015, Ringberg, Germany
  • Extended distribution functions for the Galactic disc, Gaia-ESO Second Science, November 2014, Porto, Portugal
  • Dynamics of the Milky Way, Lunchtime Newcomer talks, November 2014, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Extended Distribution Functions and Tidal Streams, 2nd Oxford-Heidelberg meeting, April 2014, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dynamics of the Milky Way: Tidal streams,Galaxy Evolution meeting, February 2014, University of Oxford, UK
  • Streams in angle-action space, Gaia Challenge meeting, August 2013, University of Surrey, UK
  • Tidal streams and the Galactic potential, Milky Way Workshop, August 2013, MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Modelling RAVE with Extended Distribution Functions, RAVE meeting 2013, July 2013, Oxford, UK
  • Stream-orbit misalignment, International Astronomical Union Symposium 298, May 2013, Lijiang, China
  • Chemodynamical distribution functions, Gaia-ESO First Science, April 2013, Nice, France

conference proceedings

other publications


I was a lecturer for the 49th Saas Fee school on The Milky Way in the Gaia era. I have taught undergraduates taking Physics at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. This involved taking small group tutorials, demonstrating in practical labs, and marking their work. I have also interviewed for undergraduate Natural Sciences admissions at Christ's. Below is a list of the specific teaching I have done.
  • Lecturer for 49th Saas Fee school on The Milky Way in the Gaia era, Saas Fee Switzerland, Feb 2019
  • 3rd year Undergraduate Stellar Dynamics and Structure of Galaxies supervisions, University of Cambridge, 2017-2019
  • 1st year Undergraduate Physics supervisions, University of Cambridge, 2014-2019
  • Part III Masters Project supervisor, University of Cambridge, 2017-2018, 2015-2016,
  • 3rd year Undergraduate General Relativity Tutorials, University of Oxford, 2013-2014
  • 3rd year Undergraduate Special Relativity Tutorials, University of Oxford, 2012-2013
  • 3rd year Undergraduate Astrophysics Labs, University of Oxford, Autumn 2012
  • 2nd year Quantum Mechanics marking, University of Oxford, Spring 2012


  • DPhil Astrophysics, Merton College, University of Oxford, 2011-2014
  • MSc BA Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 2007-2011

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