Michael Brown

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

19952020

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Personal profile

Biography

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.

Research area keywords

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

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Projects

Australian membership of the European 4MOST Consortium

Driver, S. P., Robotham, A. S. G., Couch, W. J., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M. M., Croom, S. M., Blake, C. A., Glazebrook, K., Parkinson, D. R., Seymour, N., zucker, D., trenti, M., Martell, S. L. & Brown, M.

University of Western Australia, Australian National University , University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Queensland , Curtin University, Macquarie University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of New South Wales, Australian Astronomical Observatory

Project: Other

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., Norris, R. & Hopkins, A.

16/05/1831/12/18

Project: Other

Victorian International Research Scholarship

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

18/03/1517/03/18

Project: Research

Mapping the dark matter with early type galaxies

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

Australian Research Council (ARC)

24/03/1424/03/17

Project: Research

Research Output

Direct evidence for shock-powered optical emission in a nova

Aydi, E., Sokolovsky, K. V., Chomiuk, L., Steinberg, E., Li, K. L., Vurm, I., Metzger, B. D., Strader, J., Mukai, K., Pejcha, O., Shen, K. J., Wade, G. A., Kuschnig, R., Moffat, A. F. J., Pablo, H., Pigulski, A., Popowicz, A., Weiss, W., Zwintz, K., Izzo, L. & 22 others, Pollard, K. R., Handler, G., Ryder, S. D., Filipović, M. D., Alsaberi, R. Z. E., Manojlović, P., Oliveira, R. L. D., Walter, F. M., Vallely, P. J., Buckley, D. A. H., Brown, M. J. I., Harvey, E. J., Kawash, A., Kniazev, A., Kochanek, C. S., Linford, J., Mikolajewska, J., Molaro, P., Orio, M., Page, K. L., Shappee, B. J. & Sokoloski, J. L., 13 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Astronomy. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Defining passive galaxy samples and searching for the UV upturn

Phillipps, S., Ali, S. S., Bremer, M. N., de Propris, R., Sansom, A. E., Cluver, M. E., Alpaslan, M., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S. P., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., James, P. A., Pimbblet, K., Robotham, A. S. G., Taylor, E. N. & Wang, L., 1 Feb 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492, 2, p. 2128-2139 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Properties and evolution of red spiral galaxies

Mahajan, S., Gupta, K. K., Rana, R., Brown, M. J. I., Phillipps, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bremer, M. N., Brough, S., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., Loveday, J., Pimbblet, K. & Wang, L., Jan 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 491, 1, p. 398-408 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

MACHO 311.37557.169: A VY Scl star

Wörpel, H., Schwope, A. D., Traulsen, I. & Brown, M. J. I., 14 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Astronomische Nachrichten. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

ASKAP commissioning observations of the GAMA 23 field

Leahy, D. A., Hopkins, A. M., Norris, R. P., Marvil, J., Collier, J. D., Taylor, E. N., Allison, J. R., Anderson, C., Bell, M., Bilicki, M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Driver, S., Gurkan, G., Harvey-Smith, L., Heywood, I., Holwerda, B. W., Liske, J., Lopez-Sanchez, A. R. & 8 others, McConnell, D., Moffett, A., Owers, M. S., Pimbblet, K. A., Raja, W., Seymour, N., Voronkov, M. A. & Wang, L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. 36, 19 p., e024.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities

  • 6 Professional association or peak discipline body

J1 – Inter-Division D-G-H-J Commission Galaxy Spectral Energy Distributions

Michael Brown (Fellow)

2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

AAT Council

Michael Brown (Fellow)

2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Inter-Division D-G-H-J Commission WG Reference Library of Galaxy Spectral Energy Distributions (RELIGAS)

Michael Brown (Fellow)

2016 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Astronomical Society of Australia Council

Michael Brown (Fellow)

2014 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia

Michael Brown (Fellow)

2012 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Press / Media

Is Betelgeuse, the red giant star in the constellation Orion, going to explode?

Michael Brown

28/12/198/01/20

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

SpaceX plans to launch thousands of satellites: Is this the end of dark skies?

Michael Brown

5/12/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Bright light in Far North Queensland sky likely a low and large meteor

Michael Brown

1/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment