Short CV of my professional life.
I am an Australian radio astronomer based at ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, where I am Head of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Science group. I specialise in studying stars and exoplanets at radio wavelengths, which provides information about how magnetic fields are generated on such bodies. Such information is important for helping assess whether certain planets have favourable conditions for life as we know it. I am also an adjunct Assistant Professor at Leiden Observatory, Leiden University.
I completed my PhD in astrophysics at The University of Sydney in 2017. My PhD was focussed on understanding radio galaxy evolution and developing the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a SKA precursor. My main supervisors were Professor Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto), Professor Ron Ekers (CSIRO). I was also the de Bruyn fellow at ASTRON and a Veni Fellow at Leiden University.
I have given astronomy and general science talks to a range of audiences, including school students, amateur astronomy clubs, professional astronomers, and the general public (to both Dutch and international audiences). I believe that it is the responsibility of a tax-payer funded scientist to be a science communicator to the public, so if you need an astronomer or scientist to present a talk please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.
If you are prospective student, please do reach out about what projects I have on offer in my group. We are rapidly expanding and there is lots of interesting questions and datasets to be explored -- especially associated with determining radio periodicity in star-planet interactions, dynamo models, searching for stellar and sub-stellar objects at the lowest frequencies etc
Outside of science, my interests vary from reading, politics, independent cinemas (films and projection devices), running, rugby league, the gym, and drinking too much beer.
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