Astrophysicist Tamara Davis observes space in order to learn more about the physics of the world we live in. With the universe as her laboratory, she uses the stellar and galactic experiments that the universe naturally performs to learn about the nature of gravity, the nature of spacetime, and the nature of our fundamental laws of physics.
Tamara is the recipient of many prizes, including the Astronomical Society of Australia’s award for the young researcher with the highest international impact. She works with international teams of astrophysicists searching for the elusive “dark energy” that’s accelerating the universe. She’s measured time-dilation in distant supernovae, helped make one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe, seen evidence for sound waves from the big bang, and seriously considers whether we can use dark energy to make hoverboards. In March, the Australian Academy of Science awarded her their highest medal for female leadership in science.