I was awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Widening Fellowship in the 2020-21 round with host Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to this, I will be joining the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland as the Lasker Data Science Fellow.

About Me

I am a postdoctoral fellow in stellar physics and galactic archeology at the Australian National University and affiliate member of the ARC Centre of Excellence ASTRO3D . I am a frequent collaborator with researchers at Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the University of Sydney's asteroseismology group, Monash University's stellar astrophysics and nucleosynthesis group, and the network of stellar astrophysicists connected by the MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics) software suite. I am the founder and head of MESA's node in Australia. I completed my Ph.D. in computational stellar structure and evolution under the advising of Professor Brian Chaboyer at Dartmouth College in July of 2018. The last two years of my Ph.D. were spent jointly at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa.

My primary area of expertise is theoretical stellar evolution and precision stellar modeling. I have additional experience in stellar variability, low mass stars, evolved stars, asteroseismology, globular clusters, astronomy software development, and numerical methods. I am an expert user of and contributer to MESA as well as the Dartmouth Stellar Evolution Program (DSEP). I am an experienced user of the GYRE pulsation code and the author of MESA2HYDRO: a Python package that interfaces with the Phantom smoothed-particle hydrodynamics program.

In August of 2019, I joined the MESA developers .

When I'm not programming, I dance, hike, play the piano badly, and participate in women's advocacy.


The record shows I can model just about anything. Contact me for custom stellar tracks, isochrones, or asteroseismic fitting.

Speaking and Outreach Opportunities

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Woolley 35, Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Acton, ACT, Australia

Twitter: @MeridithJoyceGR