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Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor of Practice, UNSW Sydney

Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador. Astrophysicist, Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW Sydney.

Research interests include the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, supernova remnants, the interstellar medium, massive star formation, galaxy mergers and astrophysical masers.

Member of the advisory board for the Australian Space Agency and Questacon. Former Group Leader, Project Scientist for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), and the Square Kilometre Array at CSIRO. CSIRO Chairman's Medal recipient.

Author of 5 popular science books, including the award-winning children's book 'Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime". Presenter on ABC Television’s Stargazing Live. Winner of Eureka Prize for promoting the understanding of Australian science research.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, UNSW
  • 2009–2018
    Research Astronomer, CSIRO
  • 2007–2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2005–2007
    Support Scientist, Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe


  • 2005 
    The University of Manchester, Ph.D. Radio Astronomy
  • 2002 
    The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Master of Physics (Hons)


  • 2021
    Little Book, BIG Universe, Thames and Hudson
  • 2021
    Aliens and Other Worlds, Thames and Hudson
  • 2020
    The Secret Life of Stars, Thames and Hudson
  • 2019
    Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime, Melbourne University Press
  • 2018
    When Galaxies Collide, Melbourne University Press

Professional Memberships

  • International Astronomical Union
  • Astronomical Society of Australia
  • Chief Executive Women

Research Areas

  • Galactic Astronomy (020104)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy (020103)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)