Tim Bedding studies oscillations in stars (“starquakes”) to reveal details about their interiors. He uses data from NASA’s Kepler and TESS spacecraft to measure the ages of stars and understand their internal structure, including those with exoplanets.
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Joss Bland-Hawthorn builds models of the Milky Way with the goal of understanding how it formed and evolved over billions of years. He is an expert in Galactic archaeology, a field that concentrates on the oldest stars.

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Céline Boehm is an astroparticle physicist working at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. She is trying to discover what dark matter is made of.


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Julia Bryant
examines how gas gets into galaxies. She leads a team that is building the Hector instrument for the Anglo-Australian Telescope, which uses robotic positioning of optical fibre bundles so that many galaxies can be imaged in 3-D at once.

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Scott Croom explores galaxy evolution and cosmology. He leads the SAMI Galaxy Survey, using an instrument developed by SIfA with the Australian Astronomical Observatory. He is an expert in black holes and quasars, and their role in galaxy formation.

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Anne Green is engaged in radio astronomy surveys of star-forming complexes and astrophysical masers as well as searching for cosmic sparklers. She is an expert in radio supernova remnants – the shocks that live on after massive stars die.

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Dick Hunstead is engaged in surveys of active galaxies and high-redshift radio sources. He also studies galaxy clusters, the largest and most massive concentrations of galaxies in the Universe.

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Helen Johnston conducts research into stellar remnants like neutron stars and black holes, particularly those in binary star systems. She also studies the supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies.

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Sergio Leon-Saval develops optical and photonic instruments for cubesats, for astronomical telescopes and for commercial applications. He is Director of the SAIL labs, the experimental arm of SIfA.

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Geraint Lewis explores the influence of dark energy and dark matter on the evolution and ultimate fate of the Universe. He also uses gravitational lensing to probe the structure of dark matter in galaxies.

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Don Melrose is a theoretical physicist who builds complex models of energetic processes in the Universe. He studies phenomena such as solar outbursts, pulsar activity and relativistic plasmas in astrophysical jets.

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Tara Murphy studies some of the most energetic sources in the sky including gamma-ray bursts and supernovae using new radio telescopes like ASKAP and the MWA. She leads the radio follow-up of gravitational wave events that occur when neutron stars merge.

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John O’Byrne has been engaged in high,-resolution imaging, interferometry and photonic developments, but also has interests in astronomy education.

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Elaine Sadler studies the coevolution of massive galaxies and their central black holes. She also searches for neutral hydrogen gas around distant galaxies to learn about the fueling process of star formation.

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Peter Tuthill develops novel technologies to image the theatres of stellar birth and death, revealing the cradles of solar system formation. He also leads a space telescope project to find exoplanets around stars in our immediate galactic neighborhood.

 

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Mike Wheatland builds complex models of solar flares and solar activity and examines the plasma interaction between the Earth and the Sun. He also constructs computational models of mechanical devices.

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