Baerbel Koribalski

Senior research scientist, CSIRO

Baerbel Koribalski is a senior research scientist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University. She studies the formation and evolution of galaxies, galaxy groups and clusters, searching for new features and making discoveries along the way. When times allows, she also creates 3D fly-through visualisation of galaxies.

Baerbel studied physics at the University of Bonn in Germany and moved to Sydney in 1993 to join CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility. She leads the "Local Volume HI Survey" (LVHIS), investigating about hundred nearby galaxies with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). In 2009 she initiated an all sky HI 21-cm survey to be conducted with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and build an international team of over 100 researchers. In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious 5-year CSIRO Science Leader fellowship.


  • 2019–present
    Adjunct professor, Western Sydney University
  • 2001–present
    Senior research scientist, CSIRO
  • 2012–2017
    Science Leader at the Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO


  • 1993 
    University of Bonn, Germany, Physics

Research Areas

  • Galactic Astronomy (020104)
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)
  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation (020102)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)