I am a postdoc at the Max Plank Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. I work on integral field spectroscopic data, in particular MUSE, with two teams - PHANGS and CARS. PHANGS focusses on nearby star forming galaxies, while CARS looks at local AGN.

I completed my PhD at The University of Sydney on integral field spectroscopic observations of active galactic nuclei. The aim of my thesis was to investigate how supermassive black holes and the galaxies they live in interact and coevolve. I was supervised by Professor Scott Croom and worked with The SAMI Galaxy Survey and The Close AGN Reference Survey teams. My most recent work is on a serendipitously discovered two-time changing look AGN, 'The Close AGN Reference Survey: Mrk 1018 returns to the shadows after 30 years as a Seyfert 1'. ESO and CAASTRO press releases about this discovery are linked below, along with links to my other pulications and CV.

I am passionate about astronomy and love to participate in teaching and outreach. I taught first year Astronomy and Physics at The University of Sydney for 3 years, and helped to coordinate and design tutorials. Some examples of tutorials I have written are linked below.

Outside of academia I love to travel, practice yoga, and paint.

Publications

A list of all the scientific publications I have authored and co-authored on NASA ADS.

Teaching materials

Examples of tutorials I have written for USYD's 1st year Astronomy course.

  • Address

    E110
    Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
    Heidelberg 69117
    Germany
  • Email

    mcelroy@mpia.de
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