Krystal De Napoli

Student, Monash University

Krystal De Napoli is a Kamilaroi woman from rural North-East Victoria undertaking an undergraduate degree in astrophysics at Monash University.

She is the first in her family to be attending university, and is researching the ways in which the love for her culture and her passion for science have historically intersected.

Krystal has been delivering a series of public talks on the topic of Indigenous Astronomy, presenting the knowledge gathered from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, and researchers across Australia which describe the intimate, complex understanding our First Nations people had of the night’s sky and its objects.

Krystal has featured at various events across the year, including being the opening speaker at the March for Science Melbourne event, the Astrolight Festival at Scienceworks, and the Riding the Lightwave in Technology dark-sky conference at Siding Springs Observatory.

In 2018 she is commencing a cadetship with the CSIRO’s Data61 team with their mathematics division, and proceeding with her research into Muruwari Astronomy with Muruwari man, William Stevens, and key Indigenous astronomy academic, Dr Duane Hamacher.

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