Dr. Rebecca Davies



Dr. Rebecca Davies


I am an ARC DECRA Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. I research the baryon cycle and galactic outflows across the majority of the history of the Universe, from redshift z~0 (now) to z~6 (less than 1 billion years after the Big Bang), using spectroscopic data spanning rest-frame UV to submillimeter wavelengths.

Outflow from M82
Outflow from the galaxy Messier 82. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

I completed my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) near Munich, Germany, under the supervision of Dr. Natascha Förster Schreiber. Using integral field data from the SINS/zC-SINF and KMOS3D surveys, I pinoeered a new technique to measure the resolved properties of outflows from typical galaxies at the peak epoch of star formation (z~2) (read more).

I completed my undergraduate degree at the Australian National University under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Kewley. I developed a method to spatially and spectrally separate line emission associated with star formation, shock excitation and AGN activity in galaxies, and contributed to data processing for the S7 Survey (read more).

When not doing astrophysics, I am most likely to be found bike riding or playing violin. I am currently a member of the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra.