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Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museums Victoria

I am an extragalactic astronomer, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and am currently working in the field of science communication at Melbourne Planetarium.

I have been the Curator (Astronomy) at Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks since 1999, drawing on my background in research astronomy to create more than a dozen planetarium productions. The most recent of these are now screened in over fifty planetariums across sixteen countries world-wide.

I am proud to be the Australian Representative of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Science Outreach Network. This sees me working with Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) to promote ESO’s extensive research accomplishments throughout Australia.

I am also involved in projects to bring research astronomy data into the planetarium to both engage the public and to turn the planetarium into a tool for research astronomers wanting to know more from their data.


  • 1999–present
    Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museum Victoria
  • 2014–present
    Honorary Fellow, The University of Melbourne


  • 2002 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1994 
    University of Sydney, BSc (Hons)


  • 2001
    Starburst or Seyfert? Adding a Radio and Far-Infrared Perspective to the Investigation of Activity in Composite Galaxies. , Astronomical Journal
  • 1999
    Starburst or Seyfert? Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Measure the Activity in Composite Galaxies., Astronomical Journall
  • 1997
    The Sculptor dwarf irregular galaxy SDIG: present and past., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society