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Senior Lecturer

Maria Cunningham

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+61(2) 9385 5662

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+61(2) 9385 6060

Education: 

B App. Sc. (Hons), UWS
PhD, UWS

Research Interests: 

  • Molecular Astrophysics: One of my main areas of research is the use of molecular line radiation to investigate the physical conditions and chemistry of molecular clouds, both in the Milky Way and in other galaxies.
  • Bioastronomy: Bioastronomy and astrobiology are among the most exciting areas of research in science today, bringing together scientists from the disciplines of physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry and biology. My own interests lie in investigating pre-biotic molecules in the interstellar medium, and I am involved in collaborative research with groups in the USA, Chile and Germany.
  • Turbulence and energy transfer in the interstellar medium: I am interested in using astronomical observations of the interstellar medium to constrain the turbulent properties, and to determine the effect that turbulence and energy transfer through the interstellar medium have on star formation.
  • Using data intensive astronomy together with computational astrophysics to understand the relationship between star formation and the surrounding interstellar medium.

Selected Publications: 

  • Lowe, V., Cunningham, M.R., Urquhart, J.S., Marshall, J.P., Horiuchi, S., Lo, N., Walsh, A.J., Jordan, C.H., Jones, P.A., Hill, T. 2014. Molecular line mapping of the giant molecular cloud associated with RCW 106 - IV. Ammonia towards dust emission. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 441, 256-273. 
  • Merello, M., Bronfman, L., Garay, G., Lo, N., Evans, N.J., II, Nyman, L.-AA., Cortes, J.R., Cunningham, M.R. 2013. ALMA Observations of the Massive Molecular Outflow G331.512-0.103. The Astrophysical Journal 774, L7. 
  • Di Francesco, J., and 36 colleagues 2013. The Science Cases for Building a Band 1 Receiver Suite for ALMA. ArXiv e-prints arXiv:1310.1604. 
  • Dawson, J.R., and 22 colleagues 2014. SPLASH: the Southern Parkes Large-Area Survey in Hydroxyl - first science from the pilot region. Monthly Notices of the Royal 
  • Astronomical Society 439, 1596-1614. 
  • Minier, V., and 21 colleagues 2013. Ionisation impact of high-mass stars on interstellar filaments. A Herschel study of the RCW 36 bipolar nebula in Vela C. Astronomy and Astrophysics 550, A50.
  • Lo, N., and 12 colleagues 2009. Molecular line mapping of the giant molecular cloud associated with RCW106 - III. Multimolecular line mapping. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 395, 1021-1042. 
  • Cunningham, M.R., and 19 colleagues 2007. A search for propylene oxide and glycine in Sagittarius B2 (LMH) and Orion. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 376, 1201-1210. 
  • Jones, P.A., Cunningham, M.R., Godfrey, P.D., Cragg, D.M. 2007. A Search for biomolecules in Sagittarius B2 (LMH) with the Australia Telescope Compact Array. Monthly 
  • Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 374, 579-589. 
  • Cunningham, M.R., Whiteoak, J.B. 2005. The nuclear molecular clouds of NGC4945. 
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 364, 37-46. 
  • Dickey, J.M., and 57 colleagues 2013. GASKAP-The Galactic ASKAP Survey. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 30, 3. 
  • Jackson, J.M., and 54 colleagues 2013. MALT90: The Millimetre Astronomy Legacy Team 90 GHz 
  • Survey. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 30, 57. 
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For a more comprehansive list of publications, including link,  see my UNSW Research Gateway profile:

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-maria-cunningham/publications