Researcher

Associate Professor Sarah Martell

My Expertise

Astronomy, stars, planets, extrasolar planets, black holes, supernovae, galaxies, space

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Stellar astronomy and planetary systems, Galactic astronomy

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Biography

I'm an observational astronomer with a particular interest in the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. I help to design and conduct large survey projects that determine the ages, orbits and chemical compositions for hundreds of thousands of stars. I use that information to identify stars that were captured from other galaxies, and to study how the compositions of stars change over time.


My Grants

2018-2020

A$380k, ARC...view more

I'm an observational astronomer with a particular interest in the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. I help to design and conduct large survey projects that determine the ages, orbits and chemical compositions for hundreds of thousands of stars. I use that information to identify stars that were captured from other galaxies, and to study how the compositions of stars change over time.


My Grants

2018-2020

A$380k, ARC Discovery Project, lead CI, "Tracing the accretion history of the Milky Way with chemical tagging"

2019

A$159k, ARC LIEF Grant, co-CI, "A dedicated telescope to study the interiors of stars from their oscillations"

2017

A$16k, UNSW Faculty of Science Research Grant, co-CI, "Model-based simulation and clustering of massive data from Galactic
archaeology"

2016

A$40k, UNSW Gold Star Award, lead CI, "Chemically distinct stars as tracers of Milky Way formation history"

A$10k, UNSW Faculty of Science Research Grant, lead CI, "Advancing Galactic Archaeology with statistical tools for group-finding in high-dimensional spaces"

A$550k, ARC LIEF Grant, co-CI, "VeloceCal: Hyper-calibrating Australia's Planet Foundry"

A$430k, ARC LIEF Grant (plus A$355k partner contributions), co-CI, "Australian Membership of the European 4MOST Consortium"

2015

A$15k, UNSW Faculty of Science Early Career Researcher Grant, sole investigator, Seed funding for development of "Chemically unusual stars in the Milky Way: tracers of Galactic history" project

A$760k, ARC LIEF Grant (plus A$899k partner contributions), co-CI, "Veloce: Australia's Next-Generation Planet Foundry"

2014-2016

A$347k, ARC DECRA Fellowship, sole investigator, "The GALAH Survey: A million-star exploration of Galactic history"

 


My Qualifications

  • 2008: PhD Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • 2001: BS Astronomy, University of Washington, USA
  • 2001: BS Physics, University of Washington, USA

My Awards

  • 2019-2022 UNSW Scientia Fellow
  • 2014-2016 DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) Fellowship (Australia)
  • 2010 MPIA-ZAH Ernst Patzer Prize for excellent publication by an early-career researcher in Heidelberg (Germany)

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Stellar abundances, Galactic archaeology, globular clusters, machine learning in astronomical data analysis


Currently supervising

Ms Kirsten Banks: studying the physical origins of spectro-seismology and the 3D abundance profile of the Milky Way

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Location

OMB 129

Contact

02 9065 2276

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