Professor of Astronomy
Education: PhD in Astronomy, Australian National University, 1989
Professor Heather Morrison is an observational astronomer who wants to understand how galaxies form. One of her main interests is the study of the oldest stars in galaxies like our own Milky Way, and how we can use their kinematics and chemistry to infer the conditions under which they formed. She has worked on both the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies, and for the past decade has been closely involved with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s SEGUE project, which has produced some impressively large spectroscopic datasets of stars throughout the Milky Way’s halo.