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  • Asterics & CDS Post-doc (2018 - ongoing)

    CDS, Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

    This position is split 50:50 between research, and scientific support to the Asterics project/ the dissemination of the CDS and Virtual Observatory services:

    1. Research: I am investigating the interstellar medium of nearby galaxies. What is the driving factor of the amount of dust and gas in a galaxy? What role do the kinematics play? For more information see here
    2. Scientific Support: Currently, I provide tutorials on how to best access data from the CDS services in particular and Virtual Observatory services in general. I also join discussions on how to get radio data into the Virtual Observatory and how we will want to use science platforms. Previously, I provided scientific support to the Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability (DADI) work package of the Asterics project.


Telescope Proposals and Observations

For more information on the telescopes that I have used, please see the Telescopes page. I have lead the following observing projects:

  • A total of 15 successful nights of observations with the WiFeS integral field spectrograph to map the distribution of the gas-phase oxygen abundance in HI-rich galaxies. WiFeS is mounted on the ANU 2.3m telescope in Siding Spring, Australia.
  • Deep imaging of HI-rich galaxies with the DECam on the Victor M. Blanco 4m Telescope on Cerro Tololo, Chile.

As a Co-investigator I have been involved in:

  • A large observing program at the ATCA to map the atomic hydrogen in HI-rich galaxies.
  • Another project with the ATCA to map the atomic hydrogen in gas poor galaxies.

I have not only observed more than 300h with the ATCA myself but have also supported other astronomers as the duty astronomer with their observations at wavelengths of 16cm, 4cm, 15mm, 7mm and 4mm.

I have also helped to observe:

  • Optical long-slit spectra with the NTT for follow-up of xGASS / xCOLDGASS galaxies.
  • The molecular gas in xGASS / xCOLDGASS galaxies (observations of the CO(1-0) line with the IRAM 30m single dish).


My Publications. For more information on the science please have at look at the Science page.

Talks and conference contributions

I gave talks at the following conferences:

  • “The CDS in a notebook - Accessing CDS services with Python tools” at EAS annual meeting, virtual, 06/2020
  • “How to write a paper in a Jupyter notebook” at .Astronomy, Toronto (CAN), 10/2019
  • “The HI content of nearby galaxies” at Nine billion years of neutral gas evolution/MIAPP, Garching (GER), 07/2019
  • “How dynamics determine the HI content of galaxies” at EWASS, Lyon (FRA), 06/2019
  • “The HIX Galaxy Survey: The most HI rich Galaxies in the Southern Hemisphere” at Discs in Galaxies, ESO, Garching (GER), 07/2016
  • “The HIX Galaxy Survey: The most HI rich Galaxies in the Southern Hemisphere” at Astronomical Society of Australia annual scientific meeting, University of Sydney, Sydney, (AUS), 07/2016 (This talk was awarded a price!)
  • “How galaxies accrete gas and form stars – the HIX galaxy survey” at Many pathways to galaxy growth, Monash University, Prato, (ITA), 06/2015
  • “How galaxies accrete gas and form stars – the HIX galaxy survey” at Multiwavelength dissection of galaxies, Australian Astronomical Observatory and the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Coogee Beach, (AUS), 05/2015
  • “Dissecting the GRUS quartet” at The periphery of discs, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Sydney, (AUS), 11/2014

and presented posters at these conferences:

  • “How some gas just doesn’t contribute to star formation” at EAS annual meeting, virtual, 06/2020
  • “The specific angular momentum – mass correlation for stars, HI and baryons in nearby galaxies” at EAS annual meeting, virtual, 06/2020
  • “VO for everyone - Getting ready for the 4th ASTERICS DADI VO school” at ADASS XXVIII, University of Maryland (USA), 11/2018
  • “The HIX survey” at FM6 - Galactic Angular Momentum at the IAU General Assembly 2018, Vienna (AUT), 08/2018
  • “xGASS/xCOLDGASS – metallicity gradients in nearby galaxies” at FM7 - Radial Metallicity gradients in star forming galaxies at IAU General Assembly 2018, Vienna (AUT), 08/2018
  • “The HIX galaxy survey” at The role of Hydrogen in the evolution of galaxies, Swinburne University of Technology, Kuching, (MYS), 09/2014
  • “The HIX galaxy survey” at ASA annual scientific meeting, Macquarie University, Sydney, (AUS), 07/2014

Engagement and Service

Organisation of Conferences and Schools
  • CDS Lunch session at the 2020 EAS annual meeting in Leiden (SOC, 2020)
  • 4th ASTERICS Virtual Observatory School (Co-organiser, LOC & SOC, 2018)
  • “Rise and shine: galaxies in the epoch of reionization” (LOC, 2018)
  • “The role of Hydrogen in the evolution of galaxies” (LOC, 2014)
  • “Deutsche Physikerinnen Tagung 2010” (LOC, 2010)
Organisation of Seminar Series
  • Astro-Lunch talk series at the Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg (chair of organising committee, 2018 - 2019)
  • Graduate Physics Student seminar at Swinburne University (Co-organiser, 2015 - 2016)
Community Work
  • Referee for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Student member for the Equity and Diversity Committee of the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (2015 - 2016)
  • Student member for the Australian Telescope User Committee (ATUC, 2016)
Outreach and Education
  • Co-supervision of work experience students
  • Tour guide for Swinburne's 3D AstroTours.
  • Involvement in Open Days and a Girl's Day at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics. Have a look at the picture to the left and yes, this Schokokuss (small chocolate-covered cream cake) is still delicious after it travelled to space (i.e. exploded in the vacuum tub).