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Dr. Andrea Kunder



Andrea Kunder is a Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of Astropysics (AIP) working with the RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) and principal investigator of the Bulge RAdial Velocity Assay for RR Lyrae stars (BRAVA-RR).  Many of Kunder's scientific projects to date have involved photometric and spectroscopic surveys, including her work on identifying the RR Lyrae stars from the Massive Compact Halo Survey (MACHO) of the Galactic bulge and releasing the Bulge Radial Velocity Assay (BRAVA) catalogue of radial velocities of giants in the bulge.  Kunder has also led investigations of the build up of the Galactic halo through her studies of Milky Way and LMC globular clusters.  She has published scientific papers, articles and is an editor of an Astronomy Society of the Pacific Conference Series.  Her complete publication list can be found here.

Kunder has been involved in characterizing several CCD cameras.  While a postdoctoral fellow at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, she worked on improving and supporting the optical and infrared CCD imagers on the Blanco 4m telescope, as well as playing a significant role in commissioning the Dark Energy Camera (DECam).


Serving as the gender equality deputy for the AIP, Kunder is the scientific contact for the support of women in the workplace and leads a monthly Equity and Inclusion journal club.