Nataliea Lowson

Nataliea Lowson

PhD Student

Hi! I’m a PhD Candidate, science communicator and filmmaker who’s research focuses on characterising both the physical and chemical features of exoplanet atmospheres.

I grew up in the nation’s capital, Canberra, where I received my BSc Honours degree from the Australian National University. While obtaining my honours degree, I also maintained a remote employed position at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) in Sydney, where I produced an educational astronomy YouTube series. It teaches viewers about observational astronomy, instruments used on Australia’s largest optical telescope and how astronomers obtain the observations.

When I’m not trying to understand the universe, I’m is helping others to. I use my online presence to explain the physics surrounding our daily lives, facts about astronomy, how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, advocating women’s equality in STEM and documenting my PhD journey to help others understand what a career in academia can look like.

Although I’ve dabbled in both galactic and high energy research throughout my undergrad, my PhD focuses on exoplanet atmospheres characterisation – classifying the atmospheres of distant worlds outside of our Solar System. From looking at these atmospheres, we can uncover what it’s made of, weather patterns, its formation history and whether aliens might be living there. I’m also contributing scientific research towards the Twinkle Space Mission, a next generation space telescope that will be conducting the first dedicated exoplanet atmosphere characterisation survey.

  • Exoplanet Characterisation
  • Exoplanet Detection
  • Exoatmospheres