Academic Staff

 

Tim Bedding

Stellar oscillations (asteroseismology), using data from NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions. A recip

Tim Bedding

Professor

Tim Bedding

Professor

Stellar oscillations (asteroseismology), using data from NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions.

A recipient of the University of Sydney's Excellence in Teaching Award.

View Tim’s academic profile HERE

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Galactic archaeology and physical processes in galaxies, both observations and simulations. Key member of the GALAH a

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Professor

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Professor

Galactic archaeology and physical processes in galaxies, both observations and simulations.

Key member of the GALAH and SAMI/Hector surveys.

Project scientist for the SAIL labs which develop photonic instruments for telescopes and industry.

View Joss’s academic profile HERE

Céline Boehm

Céline Boehm is an astroparticle physicist working at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmo

Céline Boehm

Professor

Céline Boehm

Professor

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.

View Celine’s academic profile HERE

Julia Bryant

High redshift radio galaxies, galaxy evolution and astrophotonic developments for astronomical instrumentation, in parti

Julia Bryant

Associate Professor

Julia Bryant

Associate Professor

High redshift radio galaxies, galaxy evolution and astrophotonic developments for astronomical instrumentation, in particular imaging fibre bundles called hexabundles.

Leads the team building the Hector instrument for the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

View Julia’s academic profile  HERE

Scott Croom

Cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies. The study of quasars and active galactic nuclei and the use of

Scott Croom

Professor

Scott Croom

Professor

Cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies.

The study of quasars and active galactic nuclei and the use of spatially resolved spectroscopy to further our understanding of galaxy evolution.

Leads the SAMI Galaxy Survey.

View Scott's academic profile HERE

Anne Green

The structure and ecology of the Milky Way Galaxy and its various constituents, via radio frequency surveys, including s

Anne Green

Emeritus Professor

Anne Green

Emeritus Professor

The structure and ecology of the Milky Way Galaxy and its various constituents, via radio frequency surveys, including searches for supernova remnants and OH masers.

Studies of the Carina Nebula, including its HI and molecular gas.

The UTMOST project to detect and characterise Fast Radio Bursts with the Molonglo Telescope.

View Anne’s academic profile HERE

Helen Johnston

Stellar remnants like neutron stars and black holes, particularly those in binary star systems. The supermassive blac

Helen Johnston

Associate Professor

Helen Johnston

Associate Professor

Stellar remnants like neutron stars and black holes, particularly those in binary star systems.

The supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies.

View Helen’s academic profile HERE

Sergio Leon-Saval

Sergio Leon-Saval develops optical and photonic instruments for cubesats, for astronomical telescopes and for co

Sergio Leon-Saval

Associate Professor

Sergio Leon-Saval

Associate Professor

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

Geraint Lewis explores the influence of dark energy and dark matter on the evolution and ultimate fate of the Un

Geraint Lewis

Professor

Geraint Lewis

Professor

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.

View Geraint’s academic profile HERE

Don Melrose

Plasma astrophysics, especially coherent emission processes in astrophysical plasmas. Quantum plasmadynamics. Puls

Don Melrose

Emeritus Professor

Don Melrose

Emeritus Professor

Plasma astrophysics, especially coherent emission processes in astrophysical plasmas.

Quantum plasmadynamics.

Pulsar radio emission mechanism.

The theory of solar flares.

View Don’s academic profile HERE

Tara Murphy

Radio astronomy. Radio transients and variables. Co-lead of the transients project on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (

Tara Murphy

Professor

Tara Murphy

Professor

Radio astronomy.

Radio transients and variables. Co-lead of the transients project on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Interest in gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, pulsars, flare stars, exoplanets.

Leads the Australian effort in radio follow-up of gravitational wave events.

Interdisciplinary work in machine learning and big data.

Teaches computational science and data science with a particular interest in online teaching and teaching innovation.

View Tara’s academic profile HERE

John O’Byrne

Astrophotonics. Research using high resolution ground-based optical telescopes and interferometers, specifically Adap

John O’Byrne

Associate Professor

John O’Byrne

Associate Professor

Astrophotonics.

Research using high resolution ground-based optical telescopes and interferometers, specifically Adaptive Optics, Optical Stellar Interferometry (including Sydney University Stellar Interferometer - SUSI), multi-band optical filters for astronomy, multi-wavelength imaging of nearby face-on spiral galaxies and measuring magnetic fields on the Sun.

Physics and Astronomy Education research.

View John’s academic profile HERE

Elaine Sadler

Galaxy evolution; co-evolution of massive galaxies and their central black holes. Low-luminosity radio galaxies: demo

Elaine Sadler

Professor

Elaine Sadler

Professor

Galaxy evolution; co-evolution of massive galaxies and their central black holes.

Low-luminosity radio galaxies: demographics, triggers and lifetime in the radio-galaxy phase.

Neutral hydrogen in and around early-type galaxies.

Searches for high-redshift galaxies.

Radio source populations at 20-100 GHz.

Supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.

Design and planning for next-generation telescopes.

View Elaine’s academic profile HERE

Peter Tuthill

Development of novel technologies to image the theatres of stellar birth and death, revealing the cradles of solar syste

Peter Tuthill

Professor

Peter Tuthill

Professor

Development of novel technologies to image the theatres of stellar birth and death, revealing the cradles of solar system formation. Lead of a space telescope project to find exoplanets around stars in our immediate galactic neighbourhood.

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Mike Wheatland

Solar astrophysics. Solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-

Mike Wheatland

Professor

Mike Wheatland

Professor

Solar astrophysics.

Solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-terrestrial relations, and Bayesian probability.

Modelling magnetic fields in the Sun's corona using nonlinear force-free fields.

Computational modelling.

View Mike’s academic profile HERE

 

Post Doctorate Research Staff

 

Dr Adam Stewart

All flavours of radio transient and variable sources, primarily in the image plane. Image based transient detection m

Dr Adam Stewart

Dr Adam Stewart

All flavours of radio transient and variable sources, primarily in the image plane.

Image based transient detection methods and pipelines.

Radio astronomical data processing and pipelines.

Also interest in low-frequency (< 200 MHz) transients and processing.

View Adam’s academic profile HERE

Dr Alpha Mastrano

Solar flare and magnetic field modelling. Neutron star magnetic fields. Magnetars. View Alpha’s academic prof

Dr Alpha Mastrano

Dr Alpha Mastrano

Solar flare and magnetic field modelling.

Neutron star magnetic fields.

Magnetars.

View Alpha’s academic profile HERE

Dr Anthony Soulain

Dust structures surrounding a peculiar type of dying stars, called Wolf-Rayet stars, and more particularly their roles i

Dr Anthony Soulain

Dr Anthony Soulain

Dust structures surrounding a peculiar type of dying stars, called Wolf-Rayet stars, and more particularly their roles in the dust enrichment of our galaxy. The development of the pipeline of one of the JWST instruments called AMI/NIRISS.

View Anthony’s academic profile HERE

Barnaby Norris

Instrumentation (specifically high contrast imaging, astrophotonics, interferometry and polarimetry), planet formation a

Barnaby Norris

Barnaby Norris

Instrumentation (specifically high contrast imaging, astrophotonics, interferometry and polarimetry), planet formation and stellar mass-loss

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Dr Caroline Foster

The dynamics, assembly and chemical evolution of nearby galaxies View Caroline’s academic profile

Dr Caroline Foster

Dr Caroline Foster

The dynamics, assembly and chemical evolution of nearby galaxies

View Caroline’s academic profile HERE

Dr Christopher Betters

The development (design, construction, characterisation, and implementation) of cutting-edge compact optical instruments

Dr Christopher Betters

Dr Christopher Betters

The development (design, construction, characterisation, and implementation) of cutting-edge compact optical instruments that harness the latest photonic technologies, originally for astronomical applications. Using techniques and methods I developed for astronomy to tackle a broader range of problems in academia and industry, specifically in remote earth observation and agriculture.

View Christophers’s academic profile HERE

Henry Poetrodjojo

Metallicity gradients in local star-forming galaxies using the SAMI Galaxy Survey and TYPHOON survey. Currently working

Henry Poetrodjojo

Henry Poetrodjojo

Metallicity gradients in local star-forming galaxies using the SAMI Galaxy Survey and TYPHOON survey. Currently working on investigating winds and outflows using SAMI.

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Dr Jesse van de Sande

Integral field and near-infrared spectroscopic data of galaxies at low and high redshift. How massive galaxies form,

Dr Jesse van de Sande

Dr Jesse van de Sande

Integral field and near-infrared spectroscopic data of galaxies at low and high redshift.

How massive galaxies form, evolve, and die, with a strong affinity towards using stellar kinematics to understand mass assembly. Stellar kinematic measurements within the SAMI Galaxy Survey.

High-redshift galaxies (z=1-2) using X-Shooter and VIMOS-VLT as part of the LEGA-C survey.

The dynamics of Milky Way analogues with VLT-MUSE

View Jesse’s academic profile HERE

Dr Kai Yang

Solar flare, magnetic topology in solar corona, and numerical modelling of solar flare. View Kai’s academic profile

Dr Kai Yang

Dr Kai Yang

Solar flare, magnetic topology in solar corona, and numerical modelling of solar flare.

View Kai’s academic profile HERE

Dr Marc-Antoine Martinod

Development of techniques to study stellar systems by characterising both a star and its planets. High angular resolu

Dr Marc-Antoine Martinod

Dr Marc-Antoine Martinod

Development of techniques to study stellar systems by characterising both a star and its planets.

High angular resolution instrumentation.

Nulling interferometry instrumentation.

View Marc’s academic profile HERE

Dr Michael Hayden

Galactic Archaeology. Stellar populations and chemodynamic structure of the Milky Way, along with galaxy evolution in

Dr Michael Hayden

Dr Michael Hayden

Galactic Archaeology.

Stellar populations and chemodynamic structure of the Milky Way, along with galaxy evolution in general.

Has worked with the APOGEE, Gaia-ESO, and AMBRE surveys, and currently heavily involved with the GALAH project in ASTRO3D.

View Michael’s academic profile HERE

Dr Nic Scott

Various aspects of extra-galactic astrophysics including galaxy dynamics, stellar populations and the role of supermassi

Dr Nic Scott

Dr Nic Scott

Various aspects of extra-galactic astrophysics including galaxy dynamics, stellar populations and the role of supermassive black holes.

Astronomy lectures, covering extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

View Nic’s academic profile HERE

Dr Sam Vaughan

Understanding why other galaxies in the Universe they look the way they do and what factors have affected their evolutio

Dr Sam Vaughan

Dr Sam Vaughan

Understanding why other galaxies in the Universe they look the way they do and what factors have affected their evolution to date, working with the SAMI and (upcoming) Hector surveys of thousands of nearby galaxies. Exploring how the environment a galaxy lives in changes its physical properties - why do galaxies which live near the middle of massive galaxy clusters appear so different to our own Milky Way?

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Dr Sanjib Sharma

Understanding the formation and evolution of the Milky Way. Bayesian statistics, computational methods and algorithms. C

Dr Sanjib Sharma

Dr Sanjib Sharma

Understanding the formation and evolution of the Milky Way. Bayesian statistics, computational methods and algorithms. Current focus is using data from large spectroscopic surveys like GALAH, APOGEE, and asteroseismic data from mission like Kepler and K2 to understand the Milky Way. Exploring new data analysis techniques.

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Dr Simon Murphy

Pulsating stars, binary stars, and especially pulsating stars in binary or multiple systems. View Simon’s academic

Dr Simon Murphy

Dr Simon Murphy

Pulsating stars, binary stars, and especially pulsating stars in binary or multiple systems.

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Dr Seong-Sik Min

Multi-core fibre Bragg gratings (MCFBGs) for astronomical applications. The night sky in intra-red (IR) range is very

Dr Seong-Sik Min

Dr Seong-Sik Min

Multi-core fibre Bragg gratings (MCFBGs) for astronomical applications.

The night sky in intra-red (IR) range is very bright due to OH molecules in the atmosphere which emit light. Fibre Bragg gratings (FBG) filter out the unwanted light of a narrow bandwidth with specific wavelengths and do not affect other light. FBGs are required to remove noise from a multi-mode fibre that guides light from telescope to spectroscopes. Developing FBGs on multi-core fibres, will result in an OH suppression unit which is compact and minimises loss.

MCFBG have many applications for sensors and telecommunications.

View Siong-Sik’s academic profile HERE

Dr Tim White

Stellar astrophysics, particularly measuring fundamental stellar properties using asteroseismology and long-baseline opt

Dr Tim White

Dr Tim White

Stellar astrophysics, particularly measuring fundamental stellar properties using asteroseismology and long-baseline optical interferometry.

View Tim’s academic profile HERE

 

PhD Students

 

Absem Jibrail

The growth of angular momentum in non-standard cosmological models Supervisor GERAINT LEWIS

Absem Jibrail

Absem Jibrail

The growth of angular momentum in non-standard cosmological models

Supervisor GERAINT LEWIS

Adeline Haobing Wang

Innovative new instrumentation for Hector-I Supervisor

Adeline Haobing Wang

Adeline Haobing Wang

Innovative new instrumentation for Hector-I

Supervisor

Alison Wong

Neural Networks to Improve Adaptive Optics Supervisor

Alison Wong

Alison Wong

Neural Networks to Improve Adaptive Optics

Supervisor

Andrew Zic

Studying Radio Emission from Flare Stars Supervisor

Andrew Zic

Andrew Zic

Studying Radio Emission from Flare Stars

Supervisor

Daniel Hey

Asteroseismology of Binary and Chemically Peculiar Stars Supervisor

Daniel Hey

Daniel Hey

Asteroseismology of Binary and Chemically Peculiar Stars

Supervisor

Di Wang

Connecting environment, gas and star formation in galaxies Supervisor

Di Wang

Di Wang

Connecting environment, gas and star formation in galaxies

Supervisor

Dougal Dobie

Radio follow-up of gravitational wave events Supervisor

Dougal Dobie

Dougal Dobie

Radio follow-up of gravitational wave events

Supervisor

Fiona Wei

Photonic Lantern as focal plane wavefront sensor Supervisor

Fiona Wei

Fiona Wei

Photonic Lantern as focal plane wavefront sensor

Supervisor

Gang Li

Asteroseismology of gamma Doradus stars Supervisor

Gang Li

Gang Li

Asteroseismology of gamma Doradus stars

Supervisor

Gurashish Bhatia

Innovative Instrumentation for Astronomical Spectroscopy Supervisor

Gurashish Bhatia

Gurashish Bhatia

Innovative Instrumentation for Astronomical Spectroscopy

Supervisor

Jason Drury

Supervisor

Jason Drury

Jason Drury

Supervisor

Mark Edwards

Unbiased survey of Gamma-ray Burst Afterglows Supervisor

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Unbiased survey of Gamma-ray Burst Afterglows

Supervisor

Mathew Varidel

Disk Rotation and Dispersion in SAMI Galaxies Supervisor

Mathew Varidel

Mathew Varidel

Disk Rotation and Dispersion in SAMI Galaxies

Supervisor

Rasel Hossen

Effect of Cooling Mechanisms of Galactic Gas in Dark Matter Supervisor

Rasel Hossen

Rasel Hossen

Effect of Cooling Mechanisms of Galactic Gas in Dark Matter

Supervisor

Sonia Akter Ema

The Impact of Non-Standard Cosmologies in the Dark Matter Supervisor

Sonia Akter Ema

Sonia Akter Ema

The Impact of Non-Standard Cosmologies in the Dark Matter

Supervisor

Stuart Holwell

Explore dark sector cosmologies through gravitational lensing Supervisor

Stuart Holwell

Stuart Holwell

Explore dark sector cosmologies through gravitational lensing

Supervisor

Troy Whinray

Alternative Cosmological Models Supervisor

Troy Whinray

Troy Whinray

Alternative Cosmological Models

Supervisor

Victor Demcsak

Magnetic Energy Release in Solar and Astrophysical Plasmas Supervisor

Victor Demcsak

Victor Demcsak

Magnetic Energy Release in Solar and Astrophysical Plasmas

Supervisor

Zhen Wan

Galactic Archeology Supervisor

Zhen Wan

Zhen Wan

Galactic Archeology

Supervisor

Zixian Wang

The Chemodynamic History of the Milky Way Supervisor

Zixian Wang

Zixian Wang

The Chemodynamic History of the Milky Way

Supervisor

Chen Boquan

Chemical Tagging in GALAH Supervisor

Chen Boquan

Chen Boquan

Chemical Tagging in GALAH

Supervisor