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ARC Laureate Fellow & Distinguished Professor, Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology

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.


  • 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)