Baerbel is an astrophysicist at the Australia Telescope National Facility, using the world's largest radio telescopes to study nearby galaxies. Her research focuses on the kinematics of neutral hydrogen (HI) in galaxies and filaments between galaxies.
Baerbel leads the Local Volume HI Survey (LVHIS), surveying dwarf and spiral galaxies with the Australia Telescope Compact Array, a world-class radio interferometer consisting of 6 x 22-m telescopes. The project was based on data from the amazing HI Parkes All-Sky Survey (HIPASS). At the same she is also leading the ASKAP HI All-Sky Survey, known as WALLABY.
Baerbel was recently awarded a prestigious CSIRO Science Leader fellowship.