Dr Baerbel Koribalski

OCE Science Leader

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Dr Koribalski obtained her PhD at the University of Bonn in Germany.

She was awarded the Max-Planck Society's Otto-Hahn Medal for her research done in collaboration with colleagues at the neighboring Max-Plank-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR).

In July 1993 she joined CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), now part of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr Koribalski now leads the HI team at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) and mentors numerous postdoctoral fellows and PhD students based at a range of Australian and international universities.

Dr Koribalski was also for many years the coordinator of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science's graduate student program and project leader for the ATCA 3mm receiver upgrade enabled through the Major National Research Funding (MNRF) program .

Dr Koribalski's primary scientific interests are the study of:

  • galaxy structure and kinematics
  • galaxy formation and evolution
  • tidal streams and bridges between galaxies


Dr Koribalski's research is focused primarily on nearby galaxies, their gas content and dark matter distribution.

She has published more than 216 refereed papers in highly cited international journals gaining close to 10 000 citations. Her h-index is 48, with eight key papers cited more than 200 times.

In 2011 Dr Koribalski received CSIRO's Newton Turner Award.

She used the award to gather an international team of experts to create 3D visualisations of the neutral gas and stars in galaxies by combining the HI maps from her LVHIS project with multi-wavelength (optical, infra-red and ultra-violet) images from several space telescopes.

In 2012 Dr Koribalski was awarded a prestigious CSIRO Science Leader Fellowship, allowing her to form a strong HI team to advance galaxy studies with CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder.

Dr Koribalski was awarded the 2015 CSIRO Chairman's Medal as a key member of the Australian Square Kilometer Array (ASKAP) team.

Over the last ten years Dr. Koribalski has been awarded ten 3-year OCE postdoctoral fellowship, enabling her to build and lead a diverse and productive team.

Dr. Koribalski leads one of the two top-ranked ASKAP Science Survey projects, the ASKAP HI All-Sky Survey (known as WALLABY) together with Prof. Staveley-Smith (see wallaby-survey.org).

Other Interests


Current Roles

  • Principal Investigator
    ASKAP HI All-Sky Survey (WALLABY)

  • Partner Investigator
    ASTRO-3D (ARC Centre for Astrophysics)

  • Principal Investigator
    The Local Volume HI Survey (LVHIS)

  • Lead Investigator
    The HI Parkes All-Sky Survey (HIPASS)

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1990

    University of Bonn, Germany

Achievements and Awards

  • 2012-2017

    OCE Science Leader

  • 2015-

    CSIRO Chairman's Medal

  • 2011-

    Newton Turner Award

Other highlights

  • 2011

    Newton Turner Award

  • 2012-2017

    CSIRO Science Leader Fellowship


  • 2017-2024

    ARC Centre for Astrophysics (ASTRO-3D) - Partner Investigator

  • 2010-2014

    ARC Super Science Fellowships


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