I am a SkyMapper Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics in Canberra. During 2013-14 I was a Gliese Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. My research interests are broadly centred around identifying and characterising some of the youngest stars in the solar neighbourhood. These nearby young stars are ideal laboratories in which to study:
The star formation history of the Solar neighbourhood
The physical conditions required for star formation, and
whether these are the same throughout the Galaxy
How the dusty disks around young stars evolve
How groups of young stars dissolve into the Galaxy
To answer these questions I use data from a variety of telescopes, including the latest all-sky surveys. I also have an active interest in the international Virtual Observatory effort, which is developing standards for the discovery, exchange and analysis of astronomical data. I completed my Ph.D. at the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory in 2012.
…for a more technical description of my work, see my research page.
…more on my publications page.
Background image credit: Akira Fujii