Willkommen! – I am a Gliese Fellow at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut of the University of Heidelberg. I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory. My research interests are broadly centred around identifying and characterising the youngest stars in the Solar neighbourhood. By studying these nearby stars I hope to better understand:
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; and
how star clusters dissolve over time 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.
...for a more technical description of my work, see my research page.
...more on my publications page.
Background image credit: Akira Fujii