Helen Kirk

Roles and responsibilities

  • Astronomical research
  • Telescope user support
  • Training of HQP
  • Professional outreach
  • Public outreach

Current research and/or projects

  • CANFAR Science Portal ALMA support
  • Member of the KFPA Examinations of Young STellar Object Natal Environment Survey
  • Member of the Green Bank Ammonia Survey
  • Member of the JCMT Gould Belt Survey

Research and/or project statements

  • Original research into dense star-forming cores in nearby molecular clouds
  • Support for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) through the North American ALMA Science Center
  • International visibility through invited reviews and conference organization
  • Development of ARCADE (now part of the CANFAR Science Portal), a system to facilitate ALMA data analysis for Canadian researchers


  • PhD Astronomy, University of Victoria, 2009
  • MSc Astronomy, University of Victoria, 2005
  • HonBSc Physics & Astronomy, University of Toronto, 2003

Professional activities/interests

  • Adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, student supervision


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


  • NSERC Discovery Grant (2019-2025)
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2019-2025)
  • ALMA North American Development Study (2019-2021)
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013, held at McMaster University)
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2011, held at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Plaskett Medal (2009)

Key publications

  • Kirk, H., Hatchell, J., Johnstone, D. et al, 2018, ApJS, 238, 1, The JCMT Gould Belt Survey: SCUBA-2 Data-Reduction Methods and Source Completeness Testing
  • Kirk, H., Dunham, M., et al. 2017, ApJ, 838, 2, ALMA Observations of Starless Core Substructure in Ophiuchus
  • Kirk, H., Johnstone, D., Di Francesco, J., Lane, J., et al, 2016, ApJ, 821, 98  The JCMT Gould Belt Survey: Dense Core Clusters in Orion B
  • Kirk, H., Myers, P. C., Bourke, T. L., Gutermuth, R. A., Hedden, A., & Wilson, G. W. 2013, ApJ, 766, 115 Filamentary Accretion Flows in the Embedded Serpens South Protocluster

Helen Kirk

Associate Research Officer
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 250-363-0024