I am a 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 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. In 2019 I was fortunate to receive a Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to lead a $4M research program using the James Webb Space Telescope.
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)