Patrick Cote


Principal Research Officer, NRC-Herzberg
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Victoria
B.Sc., 1988, University of Western Ontario
M.Sc., 1990, McMaster University
Ph.D., 1994, McMaster University
Phone: +1 250-363-8133
E-mail: Patrick [dot] Cote [at] nrc-cnrc [dot] gc [dot] ca
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Areas of Interest: galaxies, star clusters, nuclei, dynamics, Galactic structure, dwarf galaxies, space astronomy, wide-field spectroscopic telescopes.
Pat Côté received his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from McMaster University. Following postdoctoral appointments as a Plaskett Fellow at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA-NRC) in Victoria and as a Sherman M. Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he worked as a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he returned to Canada as a staff astronomer HIA. He is the author of roughly 100 papers in the professional literature and is a frequent user of the Hubble Space Telescope, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the W.O. Keck Observatory and Gemini Telescopes, and the Very Large Telescope in Chile. His research interests include the study of dark matter, galaxy evolution, supermassive black holes, star clusters and galactic nuclei. He was the principal investigator of the ACS Virgo Cluster Survey (ACSVCS), which used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the properties of galaxies in the nearby Virgo Cluster. He is a core member of the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS) that is now underway at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. He is the lead scientist for two large projects that are presently under development: the Cosmological Advanced Survey Telescope for Optical and uv Research (CASTOR) and the Next Generation Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (ngCFHT).