Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths

BA (Hons), PhD
Professor at the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Astronomical And Space Sciences 0201
  • Galactic Astronomy 020104

Research interests

I work primariy on the evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.  My research group aims to understand how galaxies work by getting at three of their biggest evolutionary drivers: gas evolution, magentism and feedback.  We focus in particular on the structure and evolution of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and the nearby Magellanic System.  

I am the co-Principal Investigator on the Galactic Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) survey, GASKAP.  I am actively involved in scientific planning for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and a member of the SKA Science and Engineering Advisory Committee.


I am a native of the USA where I received my undergraduate degree in Physics at Oberlin College in Ohio and completed my PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  I migrated to Australia in 2001 as a Bolton Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australia Telescope National Facility, part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Oranisation (CSIRO).  I held a variety of positions at CSIRO, first an OCE Science Leader from 2006, then Deputy Head of Astrophysics from 2012 and finally, Head of National Facility Science from 2014 until I moved to ANU in early 2015. 

Researcher's projects

  • Galactic Australian SKA Pathfinder (GASKAP) survey
  • The ASKAP Polarization Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM)
  • Physics of the interstellar medium
  • Magnetic fields in high velocity gas

Available student projects

  • The Milky Way's Galactic Wind
  • The nature of "dark" gas in the Milky Way
  • Magnetic fields in the disk-halo interaction
  • Physics of gas cooling in the interstellar medium
  • Techniques for early Milky Way observations with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP)

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


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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