Director & Distinguished Professor, Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology

I am a University Distinguished Professor at Swinburne University. Originally from the UK I did my PhD at Edinburgh (1992) and did post-doctoral work in Durham and Cambridge before becoming a Staff Astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney. I became a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the year 2000 and moved to Swinburne in 2006. My research is in areas of galaxy evolution over cosmic time, cosmology and astronomical instrumentation, I am an observational astronomer who uses large telescopes on the ground such as Keck, Gemini and the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2014 I became Director of Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing. I have served on the College of Experts for the Australian Research Council, and am currently on the Board of Directors for Astronomy Australia Ltd.


  • 2006–present
    Professor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2000–2006
    Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1995–2000
    Staff Astronomer, Anglo-Australian Observatory (now Australian Astronomical Observatory)
  • 1993–1995
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge
  • 1991–1993
    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Durham


  • 1992 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 1987 
    University of Cambridge, MA

Research Areas

  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)


Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor's Research Award (2011)Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award of Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2008)Group Achievement Award of the Royal Astronomical Society (2008)ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2007)