Catherine de Burgh-Day

Researcher

Current work and responsibilities

I studied physics and mathematics at the University of Melbourne, and completed my doctorate there in 2015, specialising in astrophysics. My thesis presented a new method to measure weak gravitational lensing using the velocity maps of galaxies, called Direct Shear Mapping. After completing my PhD I joined the Bureau of Meteorology working on the production, testing, verification and documentation of the Bureau's operational forecast systems. During this time I gained a broad knowledge of the Bureau's prediction and modeling systems.

I have recently moved back into research, this time in oceanography and seasonal prediction. My work currently focuses on industry applications of weekly and seasonal ocean forecasts produced by ACCESS-S1, with a focus on applications in New Zealand.

Career background

Education
  • 2009: The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics and Mathematical Physics
  • 2011: The University of Melbourne, Master of Science (Physics), Thesis title: Studying weakly lensed galaxies with velocity maps
  • 2015: The University of Melbourne, Doctorate (Astrophysics), Thesis title: Direct Shear Mapping: The first technique to measure weak gravitational lensing directly
Professional positions
  • 2014–2015: Data Scientist; Economics and Patent Law, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University
  • 2016–2017: Software Testing Lead: Numerical Modelling; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2017–present: Seasonal Prediction Applications Scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia

Selected publications

  • de Burgh-Day, C. O., Taylor, E. N., Webster, R. L. and Hopkins, A. M. (2015) Direct Shear Mapping - A new weak lensing tool : DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv1083
  • de Burgh-Day, C. O., Taylor, E. N., Webster, R. L. and Hopkins, A. M. (2015) Direct Shear Mapping - Prospects for weak lensing studies of individual galaxy-galaxy lensing systems : DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/pasa.2015.39
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Catherine de Burgh-Day

Expertise
  • Software Development
  • Statistics and Physics
Publications
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