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Professor Tamara Davis

Professor Tamara Davis

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Discipline Area: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Fellowship project summary:


This project aims to measure and explain the dark side of the universe, by performing new theoretical analyses of two groundbreaking surveys. Dark energy and dark matter are amongst the most profound puzzles facing fundamental physics. The Dark Energy Survey expects to discover approximately 3000 supernovae, and using The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will measure distances to 30 million galaxies. This project will combine these findings to determine whether dark energy changes with time, narrow the search for a quantum theory of gravity, and complete the standard model of particle physics by measuring the mass of the neutrino, a subatomic particle. This will substantially advance our understanding of the physics of our Universe, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,899,722

About Professor Davis

Professor Tamara Davis is a Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Teaching Fellow at The University of Queensland.

Professor Davis is a cosmologist investigating new fundamental physics, such as the properties of dark energy and dark matter and the mass of the neutrino. She performed cosmological analyses for two prominent international supernova surveys, before returning to Australia in 2008 to work with the WiggleZ dark energy survey, which made one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe. Professor Davis is now is helping lead the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), measuring thousands of supernovae and hundreds of supermassive black holes. The aim of all these surveys is to understand our fundamental laws of nature.

For her research achievements, Professor Davis received the 2015 Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal, the 2011 Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lectureship, the 2011 Queensland Tall Poppy Award, the 2009 Australian L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowship, and the 2009 Astronomical Society of Australia's Early Career Research Award. She was also the recipient of a 2010 ARC Future Fellowship.

Find out more about Professor Davis’ research by visiting her profile page on The University of Queensland website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

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