Carole Mundell is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath.
An observational astrophysicist, Mundell began her research career as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank Observatory, before diversifying to exploit international ground- and space-based facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum with the goal of understanding cosmic black holes and their environments.
Following two years at the University of Maryland, Mundell brought a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University where she built and led an international team specializing in catching the fast-fading light from Gamma Ray Bursts – the most powerful explosions in the Universe. She was appointed to a Professorship in 2007 and currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-2016) for the study of black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe.
Mundell has been involved in national and European research funding allocation and oversight of national and international astronomical facilities. Her experience in strategic science policy advisory work has included technology, basic research and horizon scanning beyond astrophysics. Mundell is a Fellow of American Astronomical Society.