The Astronomers

Dr. Gregory Poole, (astronomer), is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and a two-time recipient of a University of Victoria Fellowship, R.M. Petrie Memorial Fellowship, and the Governor General’s Gold Medal. As a cosmologist, he uses supercomputer simulations and modern statistical methods to understand the nature and evolution of the Universe’s largest structures. He has extensive experience in classroom lecturing and public outreach, and has been invited to speak at numerous universities including Stanford and the University of Leiden. He is on the steering committee of the Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, and is a member of the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey of 200,000 galaxies. Poole earned his PhD in astronomy at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Tony WrightDr. Jonathan Whitmore, (astrophysicist), earned his PhD in physics from University of California, San Diego and is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Extragalactic Fundamental Physics at Swinburne University’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. He collaborates with astronomers from around the world and is a member of a European Southern Observatory Large Program, researching whether universal constants, like the speed of light, are actually constant. Whitmore is an expert on spectroscopy, and has developed new algorithms and methods to analyze high precision astronomical data. He has observed at world-class facilities like the Subaru Telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the Keck Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory, and the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory. Whitmore has given numerous talks on astrophysics at conferences and universities including Caltech, UCSD, USC, and Swinburne University.