Brenda Matthews

Roles and responsibilities

  • astronomical research
  • telescope user support
  • training of HQP
  • enhancement of EDI
  • professional outreach
  • public outreach

Current research and/or projects

  • Millimeter Astronomy Group Leader
  • member of the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey
  • member of James Webb Early Release Science team
  • co-chair of Science Advisory Council Executive for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA)
  • member of the Space Interferometer for Cosmic Evolution (SPICE) Planetary Architectures Working Group

Research and/or project statements

  • original research into circumstellar disks around nearby stars
  • support for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) through the North American ALMA Science Center
  • invited reviews and local conference organization
  • development of ARCADES, a system to facilitate ALMA data analysis for Canadian researchers


  • PhD Astronomy, McMaster University, 2001
  • MSc Radio Astronomy, University of Calgary, 1996
  • B.A.Sc. Physics, McMaster University, 1994

Professional activities/interests

  • Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria, student supervision
  • International advisory and review panels
  • Former Chair of the Equity and Inclusivity Committee of the Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Member of the Panel of the 2020 Long Range Plan for Astronomy in Canada
  • Member of the CASCA LRP Community Recommendations Implementation Committee


  • Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Victoria (adjunct)
  • Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)


  • NSERC Discovery Grant (2016 – 2021)
  • HIA internal award for science leadership (2011)
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2011 – 2014)
  • NSERC Discovery Grant (2011 – 2016)
  • CSA Space Science Enhancement Award (2009 – 2011)
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001 – 2003, held at UC Berkeley)

Key publications

Crotts, K., Matthews, B.C., et al. 2022, A Multiwavelength Study of the Highly Asymmetrical Debris Disk around HD 111520, The Astrophysical Journal, 932, 23

Arnaud, M., van der Marel, N., & Matthews, B.C. 2021, Bridging the Gap between Protoplanetary and Debris Disks: Separate Evolution of Millimeter and Micrometer-sized Dust, The Astrophysical Journal, 921, 72

Crotts, K., Matthews, B.C., et al. 2021, A Deep Polarimetric Study of the Asymmetrical Debris Disk HD 106906, The Astrophysical Journal, 915, 58

Hughes, A.M., Duchene, G. & Matthews, B.C. 2018, Debris Disks: Structure, Composition and Variability, Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics, 56, 541

Holland, W.S., Matthews, B.C, & 33 co-authors, 2017, SONS: the JCMT legacy survey of debris discs in the submillimetre, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470, 3606

Draper, Z.H., Matthews, B.C., & 4 co-authors, 2016, IR excesses around nearby Lambda Boo stars are caused by debris discs rather than ISM bow waves, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical SocietyMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 456, 459

Matthews, B.C., Krivov, A.V., Wyatt, M.C., Bryden, G., Eiroa, C. 2014, Observations, Modeling and Theory of Debris Disks, in Protostars & Planets VI, 521

Matthews, B.C., & 31 co-authors, 2010, Resolving debris discs in the far-infrared: Early highlights from the DEBRIS survey, in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 518, 135

Matthews, B.C., & 3 co-authors, 2009, The Legacy of SCUPOL: 850 um imaging polarimetry from 1997 - 2005, in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 182, 143


Brenda Matthews

Senior Research Officer
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 250-363-8642


Space sciences, Astronomy, Observational astronomy