CSIRO SKA Project Scientist
I am a Research Astronomer at CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science division, based in Marsfield, New South Wales. My interests include the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, supernova remnants, the interstellar medium, massive star formation and astrophysical masers. The day-to-day focus of my work is driven by my role as CSIRO's Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.
ASKAP is a revolutionary array of radio telescopes designed and operated by CSIRO. Located at the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, ASKAP a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array. The SKA is a global collaborative project to design and construct a radio telescope - with thousands of separate antennas comprising one square kilometre of collecting area - that will revolutionise our understanding of the universe.
As ASKAP Project Scientist I take a leading role in ASKAP science commissioning, ensure that engineering advances and science goals remain aligned, and liaise between the project and the ASKAP survey science teams. I also maintain an active role in the international SKA Science Working Group and in radio spectrum management for the SKA in Australia.
I am a keen populariser of science, every year giving dozens of talks to schools, colleges, industry groups and amateur astronomers. I also promote the work of CSIRO and the SKA project in the national and international media. I am the current Chair of the ASA's Chapter for Women in Astronomy.
In my spare time I enjoy ultra long-distance running (100km, 100 mile, 12hr and 24hr races) and am a competing member of the Australian Ultra Runners Association.