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Profiles of WISC Members

This site is dedicated to showcasing the professional profiles and achievements of our member. We inaugurate the site on the International Women’s Day 2021 by introducing 10 of our members. We will update this site on a regular basis, to showcase the professional depth and breadth of our cohort of women in space in Australia. Meet our members by checking this site regularly.
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Zahra Bouya (read profile)

Dr Zahra Bouya is a space weather scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Space Weather Services. She has been a space weather forecaster at the Australian Space Forecast Centre since 2011.

Dr Bouya’s principal area of research is in regional ionospheric specification and forecasting using Global Navigation Satellite System techniques. She collects and analyzes large amounts of data from the Sun to detect signs of anomalous activity that might herald a coronal mass ejection event that could result in a geomagnetic storm.

Through the Asia Oceania Space Weather Alliance, she coordinates international efforts on increasing awareness of space weather and the future directions of space weather forecasting. She is also member of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Gender Equality Reference Group.
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Graziella Caprarelli (read profile)

Dr Graziella Caprarelli FAIG is Adjunct Research Professor with the International Research School of Planetary Sciences in Italy, Adjunct Research Fellow with the Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland, and member of the MARSIS Science Team. She has dedicated her career to searching, discovering, and advancing the frontiers of science through the exploration of space.

Her latest work, on the discovery of subglacial lakes on Mars, published in 2020, ranked 21st for its global impact in capturing the public’s imagination, out of a total of 3.4 million papers published in all fields (source: #AltmetricTop100), was listed among the “Top 10 Science Stories” of the year (source: Australian Science Media Centre), and was featured in the ABC program Catalyst. She is President of the Women in Space Chapter.
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Alina Donea (read profile)

Dr Alina Donea is Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics at Monash University. Her expertise is in helioseismic holography, a mathematical method applied to the investigation of “how loud” the Sun is, which allows her to detect solar quakes in satellite imagery.

Dr Donea has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, collaborates with international research teams, and has served on Solar and Heliospheric Physics NASA Review Panels. She is member of the International Astronomical Union and the Astronomical Society of Australia; Chair of the Australian Institute of Physics - Solar Terrestrial and Space Physics; and member of the Solar Physics Advisory Board. She is Associate Editor of Frontiers of Astronomy and Space Sciences.
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Stacey Henderson (read profile)

Dr Stacey Henderson is a Lecturer in Law at Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide. She researches the protective capacity of law, including international law, responsibility of States, and governance of outer space and space technology. Her research focuses on space law, particularly commercial space activities and sustained human presence in space, and on the responsibility to protect (R2P).

She is a participant in the Woomera Manual project, which aims to develop a Manual that objectively articulates and clarifies the existing international law applicable to military space operations.

Dr Henderson is a massive science fiction fan, who gets to imagine scenarios of humans in space as part of her research, using them to challenge her students to shaping the future.
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Eriita Jones (read profile)

Dr Eriita Jones is a Research Fellow with the University of South Australia and Curtin University. She is a planetary and space scientist, passionate about applications of satellite remote sensing and data fusion techniques to solve meaningful problems. After obtaining her PhD in Astrophysics from ANU, Dr Jones worked in academic institutions, the Canadian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, and in industry.

Her research encompasses the search of habitable environments on Mars, the application of multispectral data to quantify the use of water by vegetation on the Earth, machine learning, and image analysis. She is Review Editor for Frontiers Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing. Dr Jones was past President of the Women in Space Chapter.
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Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (read profile)

Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer is Program Manager at Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL). After completing a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Sydney, she was awarded an AAO/ATNF Research Fellowship at the Anglo Australian Observatory, the Harry Messel Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney, and a post-doctoral fellowship at UNSW.

Her research includes: radio variability of Active Galactic Nuclei, polarization of compact radio sources, local Galactic Interstellar Medium properties, spectroscopy and polarimetry applied to planetary science, design and construction of the High Precision Polarimetric Instrument (HIPPI).

Dr Kedziora-Chudczer is a member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, and Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the Secretary of the Women in Space Chapter.
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Jannene Kytsonnen (read profile)

Mrs Jannene Kyytsonen is the CEO of Space Habitats, a not-for-profit organization established to support STEM projects aimed at encouraging young Australians to pursue careers in space. Mrs Kyytsonen founded the organization at the culmination of a multifaceted non-traditional career path, which involved multiple transformational experiences leading her to pivot across different fields and pursue a variety of educational pathways.

To date, Mrs Kyytsonen holds multiple degrees in Commerce, Business Administration, and Arts, from UNSW, UTS, and SWSi, and is currently pursuing a degree in web-development.

She is Treasurer of the Women in Space Chapter, and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Space Society Australia.
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Katarina Miljkovic (read profile)

Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic is a planetary scientist with expertise in impact physics, currently holding an ARC DECRA Fellowship at Curtin University. She leads the only Australian research group that is working on the current InSight mission to Mars.

Dr Miljkovic graduated in Astrophysics from the University of Belgrade (Serbia), obtained her PhD from the Open University in the UK, and held postdoctoral research positions at MIT (USA), IPGP (France), and Imperial College (UK), before joining Curtin University (WA) in 2015 as Curtin Research Fellow.

She was awarded the Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship in 2018, and was named the WA Tall Poppy Young Scientist of the Year in 2019.

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Amy Parker (read profile)

Dr Amy Parker works at the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation in Perth, WA. There she manages activities for Australia's first-ever sovereign EO satellite capability, NovaSAR-1, leads CSIRO SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Science Initiative, and collaborates with the Aquawatch Australia mission team.

She currently holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) fellowship at Curtin University, using EO for monitoring natural hazards such as earthquakes, bushfires, and floods. She is Vice-President of Earth Observation Australia Inc., and sits on a number of boards.

Dr Parker was awarded the CSIRO Women in Science Career Award for Digital, National Facilities and Collections in 2020.
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Anne Unnewisse (read profile)

Dr Anne Unewisse is a research scientist supporting the Jindalee Operational Radar (JORN) for the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) within the Australian Department of Defence. JORN is a network of three over-the-horizon radars (OTHR) located in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia, that monitors Australian northern coastline.

Dr Unewisse’s work has been instrumental in optimizing JORN performance through high frequency signal processing, non-recurrent waveforms, mesospheric and thermospheric airglow studies, and ionospheric Doppler clutter characterisation.

Dr Unewisse maintains the DSTG high frequency (HF) publications database, and is Honorary Secretary of the Edinburgh site social club.

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