Brenda Matthews

 

Roles and responsibilities

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

Current research and/or projects

  • Millimeter Astronomy Group Leader
  • member of the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey
  • member of the MESAS project on stellar characterization
  • member of Science Advisory Council Executive for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA)

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
  • international visibility through invited reviews and local conference organization
  • development of ARCADES, a system to facilitate ALMA data analysis for Canadian researchers
  • member of the panel for 2020 Long Range Plan for Astronomy in Canada

Education

  • 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
  • Chair of the Equity and Inclusivity Committee of the Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Member of the Panel of the Long Range Plan for Astronomy 2020

Affiliations

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

Awards

  • 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

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

Matthews, B.C., Wilson, C.D., & Fiege, J.D, 2001, Magnetic Fields in Star-forming Molecular Clouds II. The Depolarization Effect in the OMC-3 Filament of Orion A, Astrophysical Journal, 562, 400

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

Expertise

Space sciences, Astronomy, Observational astronomy