Richard McDermid

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor Richard McDermid is a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he leads a research group studying the stellar populations and dynamics of galaxies in order to understand how they have formed and evolved over the lifetime of the Universe. A/Prof and his group have pioneered the use of combining orbital dynamical models with the chemical and age information of stellar populations, allowing the assembly history of galaxies to be unveiled, and connections to our own Milky Way to be explored.

A/Prof McDermid has over 20 years experience combining astronomical research with instrumentation development for major optical telescopes. He has lead and participated in major international research collaborations and surveys, including SAURON, Atlas3D (co-lead), SAMI, SDSS-IV and MAGPI. A/Prof McDermid has also played key roles in developing new instrumentation for major observatories, including the MUSE IFU (ESO-VLT, as Deputy Instrument Scientist 2004-2007), OASIS IFU with GLAS LGS-AO (WHT, 2006-2007), Hector multi-IFU (AAT, 2013- present), and GHOST high resolution spectrograph (Gemini, 2013-present). He spent 6 years as a Science Fellow at Gemini North observatory in Hawaii, supporting the near-infrared IFU ‘NIFS’ together with the Altair NGS/LGS AO system, the GMOS optical IFU, as well as overall telescope science operations and chairing the observatory Science Faculty.

McDermid regularly serves on academic and observatory-related committees at the national and international level, including the Australian Optical Telescopes Advisory Committee, the Magellan Observatory Science Advisory Committee, in particular chairing time allocation committees for Australian national and international facilities, including the ESO Observing Program Committee (OPC).

External positions

Executive Board Member, Treasurer, Australasian Dark Sky Alliance

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