Dr Nichole Barry
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” — Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Nichole Barry uses next-generation radio interferometers to look back in time to the infant Universe. Her cutting-edge analysis techniques will allow her to observe the faint glow of gas that the first stars inevitably destroy, and from this information, she hopes to constrain models of the Universe so we can investigate the last-remaining mysteries of the Universe, including the origin of dark matter and dark energy. She is a Forrest Fellow at Curtin University, and was previously an ASTRO 3D postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne. She received her PhD in Physics in 2018 from the University of Washington, and loves to play the electric guitar and any type of sport.

ResearchingEarly universe
AffiliatedCurtin University|
Focus areaTechnology, Universe