Dr Henry Zovaro

PhD (astronomy & astrophysics); B. Sc (physics); B. Eng (mechatronic - space)
Postdoctoral researcher
ANU College of Science

Research interests

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Radio galaxies
  • Optical emission line diagnostics
  • Photoionisation modelling
  • Optical and near-infrared instrumentation


I grew up in Sydney, where I completed a double degree in science, majoring in physics, and mechatronic engineering, specialising in space engineering, at the University of Sydney in 2015.

After developing an interesting in astronomy during undergraduate research projects at both USYD and ANU, I decided to focus my honours project on evaluating the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in optical adaptive optics systems for use in small telescopes.

In 2016 I moved to Canberra to start my PhD at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU, where I studied the ways in which jets from Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) affect galaxy evolution using some of the world's largest telescopes, including Keck and Gemini North in Hawai'i. 

Since submitting my PhD in 2019, I have stayed at ANU. From 2019-2020, I worked as an instrument scientist for the Giant Magellan Telescope Integral Field Spectrograph (GMTIFS), where I devleoped software for simulating and processing observations made with this future instrument. 

As of late 2020, I have returned to astrophysics full-time, and am investigating new ways in which we can use optical integral field spectroscopy to determine and distinguish the various sources that generate line emission in galaxies.

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