• The University of Western Australia (M013), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Tessa Vernstrom is a senior research fellow with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). She specializes in the field of extrgalactic radio astronomy. 

Dr. Vernstrom holds a Doctorate and Masters in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Bryan Gaensler at the Dunlap Institute at University of Toronto. Following that she was awarded the Bolton Fellowship at CSIRO in Perth Australia. 

Dr. Vernstrom is involved in many surveys and projects in the radio astronomy community including the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) survey as Project Scientist and Polarisation Sky Survey of the Universe's Magnetism (POSSUM) both with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. She is also co-chair of the cosmic magnetism science working group for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and chair of the SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys (SPARCS) working group.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Project Scientist, EMU Survey, June 2020 -Present
  • Chair, SKA PAthfinders Radio Continuum Surveys (SPARCS) Working Group, June 2021 - Present
  • Co-chair, SKA Magnetism Science Working Group, April 2022-Present
  • Board Member, Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) board
  • Member, Australia Telescope National Facility Time Assignment Committee 

Previous positions

  • Bolton Fellow, CSIRO, Perth AU; 2018-2021
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Dunlap Institute, Toronto CA; 2015 -2018

Research interests

  • cosmic magnetism 
  • galaxy clusters and large-scale structure
  • radio galaxies
  • high-redshift galaxies
  • galaxy evolution

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy, PhD, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 31 Aug 2015

Astronomy, MSc, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 31 Aug 2011

Astrophysics, Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota Minneapolis

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008


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