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Jo Dawson

Dr Joanne R. Dawson
Dept of Physics & Astronomy, Macquarie University, NSW 2109
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping NSW 1710
Phone: +61 2 9850 8901 (MQ) / +61 2 9372 4441 (CASS)
Email: joanne[dot]dawson[at] / joanne[dot]dawson[at]

Research Interests

I am a joint lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Macquarie University and CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS). My research focuses on the evolution of the interstellar medium in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, and in particular on the mechanisms by which the atomic medium is processed into molecular clouds. A key highlight of my work has been providing some of the first quantitative evidence of molecular cloud formation in giant "supershells" formed by multiple stellar winds and supernovae.

I am Primary Investigator of SPLASH (the Southern Parkes Large-Area Survey in Hydroxyl), which is a large-scale, sensitive and unbiased survey of 18 cm OH in the Southern Galactic Plane. I am a member of the GASKAP project, which will use the Australian Square Kilometre Pathfinder Array to map the Galactic Plane and Magellanic system in the HI 21 cm and OH 18 cm lines.

Student Projects

A list of my currently available PhD projects (hosted at Macquarie University) can be found here. For information on the CASS co-supervised PhD programme see here.


A full list of my refereed publications can be found here.
The images below also link to selected papers.