Laurie Rousseau-Nepton is a new faculty member at the University of Toronto and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. She has six years of experience working as a resident astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Observatory supporting various instruments including wide-field cameras, high-resolution spectrographs, and Fourier Transform Spectro-imager. She received her diploma from Université Laval by studying regions of star formation in spiral galaxies and helping with the development of two Fourier Transform Spectro-imagers, SpIOMM and SITELLE.
She is now leading an international project called SIGNALS, the Star formation, Ionized Gas, and Nebular Abundances Legacy Survey, which sampled with the SITELLE instrument more than 50,000 of star-forming regions in 40 nearby galaxies to understand how the local environment affect the young star clusters’ characteristics. In her new appointment, she will be developing instrumentation for Astronomy including a high resolution spectroimager that uses Fourier Transform spectroscopy technics in combination with quantum detectors (i.e. MKID array).
She is also dedicated to developing a new way to do science where the local cultures and the diversity of world views become an important part of teaching and research.