Research Fellow and Associate Professor @ Swinburne University
I'm a professional astrophysicist creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. I often then get to explain it to as wide an audience as possible on TV / radio or public events.
Currently I am at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University. Before then I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne, and a postdoctoral research associate with ICRAR at the University of Western Australia. Prior to all this antipodean fun I obtained my PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and spent a year or two as a postgraduate at the Sterrewacht, Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands.
I am a member of SABRE, the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, based at the bottom of a gold mine at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia.
As a member of two leading surveys on the next-generation Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope I create local universe simulations that can be used to test our galaxy formation and dark matter theories when compared with observations from the WALLABY and DINGO surveys.
2016 - now Executive Member; Science & Technology Australia (Peak national body for Science and Technology)
2015 – now Referee; Nature (Top research journal in science)
09/15 – now Member; International Astronomical Union (Peak body for astronomy worldwide)
03/14 – 03/16 Committee Member; Women in Astronomy (Elected to national committee on improving diversity and the experience for all in astronomy)
2014 – now Time Allocation Committee Member; Australian Telescope National Facility (Assessing proposals for access to Australian radio telescopes)
2012 – now Referee; Monthly Notices for the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astrophysics Journal (Referee for leading international astronomy journals)
03/10 – 04/14 Committee Member; Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (Twice elected to the national committee representing theoretical astrophysics)
02/10 – now Member; Astronomical Society of Australia (Peak national body for astronomy)