I'm Amelia Fraser-McKelvie, a postdoctoral researcher in galaxy evolution at the University of Western Australia, formerley at the University of Nottingham , Monash University and the University of Hull . At Nottingham I worked on the MaNGA Galaxy survey, an integral field spectroscopic survey aiming to provide spatially-resolved spectroscopy of 10,000 galaxies by 2020.
I'm interested in the stellar populations of individual components of galaxies, including bars, disks, and bulges, along with comparing what we find to the Milky Way. My latest paper is on star formation in barred galaxies. It seems that stellar mass is the driving factor behind the location of star formation in barred galaxies.
I am currently working with Prof Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca & Prof Mike Merrifield, along with the rest of the MaNGA team, investigating the formation and evolution of various galaxy structures. In particular, I am interested in what the stellar populations of bulges, disks, and bars in galaxies can tell us about their formation history and mechanisms driving their evolution.
I am also active in the Milky Way as a galaxy group within SDSS-IV, which combines expertise from the APOGEE and MaNGA surveys to determine whether the Milky Way is a typical galaxy in our Universe.
At Monash and Hull I worked with Dr. Kevin Pimbblet and A/Prof Michael Brown on populations of galaxies that lie outside of our expected correlations between observable properties. I studied local brightest cluster galaxies, massive isolated void galaxies, and passive spiral galaxies using both precision photometry and integral field spectroscopy.
Walking, running, hiking, netball, tennis