Standing in the core of the MWA

I am an Australian radio astronomer based at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), where I specialise in studying the radio properties of 'young' galaxies.

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 Square-Kilometre Array (SKA) precursor. I was also a CAASTRO and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science student. My supervisors were Professor Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto), Professor Ron Ekers (CASS), Professor Elaine Sadler (University of Sydney / CAASTRO), and Dr Randall Wayth (Curtin 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. 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. I was also a casual guide at Sydney Observatory.

I also have an interest in the application of Bayesian statistics and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods to a range of problems, with a speciality in model inference. These skills allow me to robustly leverage the most information out of large data sets. If you have an idea for an interesting application of such skills, let me know!

Outside of science, my interests vary from reading, politics, surfing, rugby league, soccer, the gym, and drinking too much beer.

Curriculum Vitae

Short CV of my professional life.

Teaching Materials

Various materials I have produced for teaching.

What rubbish am I reading now?

Latest update from Goodreads on the current book I am reading.

Contact

Netherlands Institute for
Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991 PD, Dwingeloo
The Netherlands
Room 5.13
+31 6 2929 7915
callingham@astron.nl