Dr. Pauline Barmby is a Professor of Physics & Astronomy and an observational astrophysicist. Before coming to Western, she was a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, where she helped to build, test, and use one of the cameras for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Her academic and scientific community service includes being Western’s acting dean of science and the co-chair of the Long Range Plan for Canadian Astronomy, LRP2020.
Barmby’s research specializes in astroinformatics applied to multiwavelength observations of nearby galaxies. She uses data from the world’s largest ground- and space-based telescopes to understand the complex relationships between galaxies’ stars, dust, gas, and black holes, with interdisciplinary connections across physics, astronomy, computer science, statistics and geography.