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Associate Professor Richard McDermid leads an active 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. He 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. He is also the leader of the Macquarie Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), and Deputy Director of the Macquarie Research Centre of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro).

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, in particular using integral field spectroscopy and adaptive optics. These include 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 is currently the Project Scientist for "MAVIS" - a revolutionary new instrument that will provide near-diffraction limited optical imaging and IFU spectroscopy on the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), and the first VLT facility instrument built by an Australian-led consortium.

A/Prof McDermid regularly serves on academic and observatory-related committees at the national and international level (e.g. 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 Programmes Committee (OPC). He also chairs the Macquarie Physics and Astronomy Department's Diversity and Inclusion committee, and is a member of the Macquarie University Ally Network.

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Executive Board Member, Treasurer, Australasian Dark Sky Alliance

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  • The Seventeenth data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys: complete release of MaNGA, MaStar, and APOGEE-2 Data

    Abdurro'Uf, Accetta, K., Aerts, C., Silva Aguirre, V., Ahumada, R., Ajgaonkar, N., Filiz Ak, N., Alam, S., Allende Prieto, C., Almeida, A., Anders, F., Anderson, S. F., Andrews, B. H., Anguiano, B., Aquino-Ortíz, E., Aragón-Salamanca, A., Argudo-Fernández, M., Ata, M., Aubert, M., Avila-Reese, V. & 321 others, Badenes, C., Barbá, R. H., Barger, K., Barrera-Ballesteros, J. K., Beaton, R. L., Beers, T. C., Belfiore, F., Bender, C. F., Bernardi, M., Bershady, M. A., Beutler, F., Bidin, C. M., Bird, J. C., Bizyaev, D., Blanc, G. A., Blanton, M. R., Boardman, N. F., Bolton, A. S., Boquien, M., Borissova, J., Bovy, J., Brandt, W. N., Brown, J., Brownstein, J. R., Brusa, M., Buchner, J., Bundy, K., Burchett, J. N., Bureau, M., Burgasser, A., Cabang, T. K., Campbell, S., Cappellari, M., Carlberg, J. K., Wanderley, F. C., Carrera, R., Cash, J., Chen, Y-P., Chen, W-H., Cherinka, B., Chiappini, C., Choi, P. D., Chojnowski, S. D., Chung, H., Clerc, N., Cohen, R. E., Comerford, J. M., Comparat, J., Da Costa, L., Covey, K., Crane, J. D., Cruz-Gonzalez, I., Culhane, C., Cunha, K., Dai, Y. S., Damke, G., Darling, J., Davidson Jr., J. W., Davies, R., Dawson, K., De Lee, N., Diamond-Stanic, A. M., Cano-Díaz, M., Sánchez, H. D., Donor, J., Duckworth, C., Dwelly, T., Eisenstein, D. J., Elsworth, Y. P., Emsellem, E., Eracleous, M., Escoffier, S., Fan, X., Farr, E., Feng, S., Fernández-Trincado, J. G., Feuillet, D., Filipp, A., Fillingham, S. P., Frinchaboy, P. M., Fromenteau, S., Galbany, L., García, R. A., García-Hernández, D. A., Ge, J., Geisler, D., Gelfand, J., Géron, T., Gibson, B. J., Goddy, J., Godoy-Rivera, D., Grabowski, K., Green, P. J., Greener, M., Grier, C. J., Griffith, E., Guo, H., Guy, J., Hadjara, M., Harding, P., Hasselquist, S., Hayes, C. R., Hearty, F., Hernández, J., Hill, L., Hogg, D. W., Holtzman, J. A., Horta, D., Hsieh, B-C., Hsu, C-H., Hsu, Y. H., Huber, D., Huertas-Company, M., Hutchinson, B., Hwang, H. S., Ibarra-Medel, H. J., Chitham, J. I., Ilha, G. S., Imig, J., Jaekle, W., Jayasinghe, T., Ji, X., Johnson, J. A., Jones, A., Jönsson, H., Katkov, I., Khalatyan, D. A., Kinemuchi, K., Kisku, S., Knapen, J. H., Kneib, J. P., Kollmeier, J. A., Kong, M., Kounkel, M., Kreckel, K., Krishnarao, D., Lacerna, I., Lane, R. R., Langgin, R., Lavender, R., Law, D. R., Lazarz, D., Leung, H. W., Leung, H-H., Lewis, H. M., Li, C., Li, R., Lian, J., Liang, F-H., Lin, L., Lin, Y-T., Lin, S., Lintott, C., Long, D., Longa-Peña, P., López-Cobá, C., Lu, S., Lundgren, B. F., Luo, Y., Mackereth, J. T., de la Macorra, A., Mahadevan, S., Majewski, S. R., Manchado, A., Mandeville, T., Maraston, C., Margalef-Bentabol, B., Masseron, T., Masters, K. L., Mathur, S., McDermid, R. M., McKay, M., Merloni, A., Merrifield, M., Meszaros, S., Miglio, A., Di Mille, F., Minniti, D., Minsley, R., Monachesi, A., Moon, J., Mosser, B., Mulchaey, J., Muna, D., Muñoz, R. R., Myers, A. D., Myers, N., Nadathur, S., Nair, P., Nandra, K., Neumann, J., Newman, J. A., Nidever, D. L., Nikakhtar, F., Nitschelm, C., O'Connell, J. E., Garma-Oehmichen, L., Luan Souza De Oliveira, G., Olney, R., Oravetz, D., Ortigoza-Urdaneta, M., Osorio, Y., Otter, J., Pace, Z. J., Padilla, N., Pan, K., Pan, H-A., Parikh, T., Parker, J., Peirani, S., Peña Ramírez, K., Penny, S., Percival, W. J., Perez-Fournon, I., Pinsonneault, M., Poidevin, F., Poovelil, V. J., Price-Whelan, A. M., Bárbara De Andrade Queiroz, A., Raddick, M. J., Ray, A., Rembold, S. B., Riddle, N., Riffel, R. A., Riffel, R., Rix, H. W., Robin, A. C., Rodríguez-Puebla, A., Roman-Lopes, A., Román-Zúñiga, C., Rose, B., Ross, A. J., Rossi, G., Rubin, K. H. R., Salvato, M., Sánchez, S. F., Sánchez-Gallego, J. R., Sanderson, R., Santana Rojas, F. A., Sarceno, E., Sarmiento, R., Sayres, C., Sazonova, E., Schaefer, A. L., Schiavon, R., Schlegel, D. J., Schneider, D. P., Schultheis, M., Schwope, A., Serenelli, A., Serna, J., Shao, Z., Shapiro, G., Sharma, A., Shen, Y., Shetrone, M., Shu, Y., Simon, J. D., Skrutskie, M. F., Smethurst, R., Smith, V., Sobeck, J., Spoo, T., Sprague, D., Stark, D. V., Stassun, K. G., Steinmetz, M., Stello, D., Stone-Martinez, A., Storchi-Bergmann, T., Stringfellow, G. S., Stutz, A., Su, Y-C., Taghizadeh-Popp, M., Talbot, M. S., Tayar, J., Telles, E., Teske, J., Thakar, A., Theissen, C., Tkachenko, A., Thomas, D., Tojeiro, R., Hernandez Toledo, H., Troup, N. W., Trump, J. R., Trussler, J., Turner, J., Tuttle, S., Unda-Sanzana, E., Vázquez-Mata, J. A., Valentini, M., Valenzuela, O., Vargas-González, J., Vargas-Magaña, M., Alfaro, P. V., Villanova, S., Vincenzo, F., Wake, D., Warfield, J. T., Washington, J. D., Weaver, B. A., Weijmans, A-M., Weinberg, D. H., Weiss, A., Westfall, K. B., Wild, V., Wilde, M. C., Wilson, J. C., Wilson, R. F., Wilson, M., Wolf, J., Wood-Vasey, W. M., Yan, R., Zamora, O., Zasowski, G., Zhang, K., Zhao, C., Zheng, Z., Zheng, Z. & Zhu, K., 1 Apr 2022, In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 259, 2, p. 1-39 39 p., 35.

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  • The Westerbork Coma Survey: A blind, deep, high-resolution HI survey of the Coma cluster

    Molnár, D. C., Serra, P., van der Hulst, T., Jarrett, T. H., Boselli, A., Cortese, L., Healy, J., de Blok, E., Cappellari, M., Hess, K. M., Józsa, G. I. G., McDermid, R. M., Oosterloo, T. A. & Verheijen, M. A. W., 1 Mar 2022, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 659, p. 1-23 23 p., A94.

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  • Diversity of nuclear star cluster formation mechanisms revealed by their star formation histories

    Fahrion, K., Lyubenova, M., van de Ven, G., Hilker, M., Leaman, R., Falcón-Barroso, J., Bittner, A., Coccato, L., Corsini, E. M., Gadotti, D. A., Iodice, E., McDermid, R. M., Martín-Navarro, I., Pinna, F., Poci, A., Sarzi, M., de Zeeuw, P. T. & Zhu, L., 22 Jun 2021, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 650, p. 1-18 18 p., A137.

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  • Fornax 3D project: Assessing the diversity of IMF and stellar population maps within the Fornax Cluster

    Martín-Navarro, I., Pinna, F., Coccato, L., Falcón-Barroso, J., van de ven, G., Lyubenova, M., Corsini, E. M., Fahrion, K., Gadotti, D. A., Iodice, E., McDermid, R. M., Poci, A., Sarzi, M., Spriggs, T. W., Viaene, S., de Zeeuw, P. T. & Zhu, L., 11 Oct 2021, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics. 654, p. 1-27 27 p., A59.

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  • Identification of an [α/Fe]—enhanced thick disk component in an edge-on Milky Way analog

    Scott, N., van de Sande, J., Sharma, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Freeman, K., Gerhard, O., Hayden, M. R. & McDermid, R., 20 May 2021, In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 913, 1, p. 1-6 6 p., L11.

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