Monash University

Daniel explains that although stars like the Sun are common throughout the universe, with hundreds of billions of stars in galaxies like our Milky Way, we have relatively little idea of how stars are actually made. While we can get clues by observing nearby “stellar nurseries”, our only hope of understanding the process of star formation, which takes millions of years, is by complex computer modelling. Much of Daniel’s research focuses on understanding the important role of magnetic fields in regulating star formation. His work has not only led to a better understanding of this process, but is also helping to solve other problems in astrophysics where magnetism is important.