Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths

BA (Hons), PhD
ARC Laureate Fellow & Associate Director (Research), Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical And Space Sciences 0201
  • Galactic Astronomy 020104
  • Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy 020103

Research interests

Prof McClure-Griffiths works primariliy on the evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. Her research group aims to understand how galaxies work by getting at three of their biggest evolutionary drivers: gas evolution, magnetism and feedback.  


Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths FAA is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and the Associate Director (Research) in the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics of the Australian National University.  She received her undergraduate degree in Physics at Oberlin College and her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota.  She held roles at CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility as an OCE Science Leader and the Head of National Facility Science before moving to the ANU in 2015.  Prof McClure-Griffiths is the recipient of various prizes including the 2006 Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year and the 2015 Pawsey medal of the Australian Academy of Science for contributions to physics. In 2022 McClure-Griffiths was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academyof Science.

Prof McClure-Griffiths's research team studies interstellar gas and magnetic fields of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.  She is co-Principal Investigator on two of the large observational surveys underway with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP): the Galactic ASKAP survey, GASKAP, and the Polarisation Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM).  In addition to her current research, Prof  McClure-Griffiths is heavily involved in planning for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  She is the Chair of the international SKA Science and Engineering Advisory Committee (SEAC).


Researcher's projects

  • Galactic Australian SKA Pathfinder (GASKAP) survey
  • The ASKAP Polarization Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM)
  • Physics of the interstellar medium
  • Role of magnetic fields in galaxy evolution

Available student projects

  • The role of magnetism in galactic outflows
  • The temperature of atomic gas in the Magellanic Clouds
  • The 3-D dynamics of gas in the Magellanic System
  • The nature of "dark" gas in the Milky Way
  • The Milky Way's Galactic Wind
  • The structure of the Milky Way in cold atomic gas

Other projects related to gas and magnetic fields in the Milky Way are available, please contact me if interested.


Projects and Grants

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