Michael Brown

Assoc Professor

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I am an observational astronomer whose research interests include the evolution of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and the growth of galaxies over cosmic time. This research is undertaken in collaboration with Monash University PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues from around the world. We undertake this research using large surveys of the Universe including Galaxy and Mass Assembly survey (GAMA), theNOAO Deep Wide-field Survey (NDWFS), the Spitzer Deep Wide-Field Survey (SDWFS), the AGN and Galaxy Evolution Survey (AGES) and planned surveys with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and TAIPAN.

In 2014, I published an atlas of 129 galaxy spectral energy distributions, which will be used to improve measurements of galaxy distances, colours and luminosities. I am best known for my measurements of galaxy growth over cosmic time and how galaxies populate dark matter halos. A key result of these studies is that the most massive galaxies grow relatively slowly and that the relationship between stellar mass and dark matter mass evolves very little over billions of years.

My students and postdoctoral fellows are currently measuring how galaxies grow over cosmic time, how the formation of stars within galaxies depends on environment, when AGNs are found within particular galaxy populations and the dependence of star formation on dark matter halo properties. If you are interested in PhD studies in astrophysics at Monash University or postdoctoral fellowship opportunities, do not hesitate to contact me.


  • Galaxies
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Astronomical Surveys
  • Cosmology
  • Large-Scale Structure

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Projects 2010 2018

Doubling the power of a unique astronomical survey facility

Colless, M. M., da Cunha, E., Mackey, D., Croom, S. M., Blake, C. A., Taylor, E., Drinkwater, M. J., Davis, T. M., Brough, S., Wright, D., Driver, S., Brown, M. J. I., Norris, R. & Hopkins, A.


Project: Other

Victorian International Research Scholarship

Gracia, G., Parkash, V., Trevaskis, N. & Brown, M. J. I.


Project: Research

Mapping the dark matter with early type galaxies

Brown, M. J. I., Davis, T., Jones, H., Mould, J., Webster, R., Colless, M., Hopkins, A., Lucey, J. & Peacock, J.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 2001 2017

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Active galactic nuclei in pairs of galaxies

Gordon, Y. A., Owers, M. S., Pimbblet, K. A., Croom, S. M., Alpaslan, M., Baldry, I. K., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Cluver, M. E., Conselice, C. J., Davies, L. J. M., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., Gunawardhana, M. L. P., Loveday, J., Taylor, E. N. & Wang, L. 2017 In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 465, 3, p. 2671-2686 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Exploring the WISE Web in G12

Jarrett, T. H., Cluver, M. E., Magoulas, C., Bilicki, M., Alpaslan, M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Croom, S., Driver, S., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, M. A., Loveday, J., Norberg, P., Peacock, J. A., Popescu, C., Sadler, E. M., Taylor, E. N., Tuffs, R. J. & Wang, L. 20 Feb 2017 In : The Astrophysical Journal. 836, 2, 28 p., 182

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Gas Fueling of Spiral Galaxies in the Local Universe. I. the Effect of the Group Environment on Star Formation in Spiral Galaxies

Grootes, M. W. , Tuffs, R. J. , Popescu, C. , Norberg, P. , Robotham, A. S. G. , Liske, J. , Andrae, E. , Baldry, I. K. , Gunawardhana, M. , Kelvin, L. S. , Madore, B. F. , Seibert, M. , Taylor, E. N. , Alpaslan, M. , Brown, M. J. I. , Cluver, M. E. , Driver, S. P. , Bland-Hawthorn, J. , Holwerda, B. W. , Hopkins, M. A. & 3 others Lopez-Sanchez, A. R., Loveday, J. & Rushton, M. 1 Mar 2017 In : Astronomical Journal. 153, 3, 49 p., 111

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Near-ultraviolet signatures of environment-driven galaxy quenching in Sloan Digital Sky Survey groups

Crossett, J. P., Pimbblet, K. A., Jones, D. H., Brown, M. J. I. & Stott, J. P. 2017 In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 464, 1, p. 480-490 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The X-Ray and Mid-infrared Luminosities in Luminous Type 1 Quasars

Chen, C-T. J., Hickox, R. C., Goulding, A. D., Stern, D., Assef, R. J., Kochanek, C. S., Brown, M. J. I., Harrison, C. M., Hainline, K. N., Alberts, S., Alexander, D. M., Brodwin, M., Moro, A. D., Forman, W. R., Gorjian, V., Jones, C., Murray, S. S., Pope, A. & Rovilos, E. 10 Mar 2017 In : The Astrophysical Journal. 837, 2, 145

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle