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Professor (Astrophysics), University of Southern Queensland

I'm an astronomer and astrobiologist based at the University of Southern Queensland, in Toowoomba, Queensland.

I first became interested in astronomy as a five-year-old, as a result of viewing an accidentally recorded episode of the Sky at Night.

I've always been particularly interested in our Solar system, especially the small objects therein - the comets, asteroids and meteors.

In recent years, I've been expanding my research to include astrobiology and the search for, and study of, exoplanets.


  • 2014–present
    Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2010–2014
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2009–2010
    Teaching Fellow, University of Durham, UK
  • 2006–2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Open University, UK
  • 2003–2006
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2000–2003
    D.Phil Student, University of Oxford, UK


  • 2004 
    University of Oxford, UK, D.Phil
  • 2000 
    University of Durham, UK, M.Sci Physics and Astronomy

Research Areas

  • Astrobiology (020101)
  • Stellar Astronomy And Planetary Systems (020110)
  • Astronomical And Space Sciences (0201)