Portrait of Alex Hill

Contact info

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Herzberg Astronomy
National Research Council Canada
PO Box 248
Penticton, BC V2A 6K3

Phone: +1 484 297 2136
Email: ashill [at] phas.ubc.ca

About me

I have moved to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton, BC Canada, where I will have a joint appointment working for the University of British Columbia and Space Science Institute.

I was a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher in astronomy, working with Desika Narayanan. I use both observations and computer simulations to study the diffuse interstellar medium — the gas between the stars — in our Milky Way Galaxy. I am particularly interested in the structure, dynamics, and energy transport (which inevitably means turbulence) in the warm ionized medium.

For my first postdoc, I worked at CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science, the operators of the Australia Telescope National Facility. While there, I focused on measuring magnetic fields from the Galaxy and diffuse clouds which are accreting onto the Galaxy.

I completed my PhD in Astronomy in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW, I worked with Dr Matt Haffner and the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper (WHAM) team.

As an undergraduate at Oberlin College, I studied physics and astronomy and worked with Prof Dan Stinebring, using pulsar scintillation to study the ISM.