Michael Brown

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

19952018
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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 2010 2018

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 1995 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Calibrating the James Webb Space Telescope Filters as Star Formation Rate Indicators

Senarath, M. R., Brown, M. J. I., Cluver, M. E., Moustakas, J., Armus, L. & Jarrett, T. H., 20 Dec 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal Letters. 869, 2, 7 p., L26.

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5 Citations (Scopus)

Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS): Motivation, design, and target catalogue

Davies, L. J. M., Robotham, A. S. G., Driver, S. P., Lagos, C. P., Cortese, L., Mannering, E., Foster, C., Lidman, C., Hashemizadeh, A., Koushan, S., O'Toole, S., Baldry, I. K., Bilicki, M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bremer, M. N., Brown, M. J. I., Bryant, J. J., Catinella, B., Croom, S. M., Grootes, M. W. & 9 others, Holwerda, B. W., Jarvis, M. J., Maddox, N., Meyer, M., Moffett, A. J., Phillipps, S., Taylor, E. N., Windhorst, R. A. & Wolf, C., 1 Jan 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 480, 1, p. 768-799 32 p.

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Erratum: Calibrating Star Formation in WISE Using Total Infrared Luminosity (Astrophysical Journal (2017) 850 (68) DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa92c7))

Cluver, M. E., Jarrett, T. H., Dale, D. A., Smith, J. D. T., August, T. & Brown, M. J. I., 20 Jun 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal. 860, 2, 2 p., 177.

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27 Citations (Scopus)

Galaxy And Mass Assembly: The G02 field, Herschel-ATLAS target selection and data release 3

Baldry, I. K., Liske, J., Brown, M. J. I., Robotham, A. S. G., Driver, S. P., Dunne, L., Alpaslan, M., Brough, S., Cluver, M. E., Eardley, E., Farrow, D. J., Heymans, C., Hildebrandt, H., Hopkins, A. M., Kelvin, L. S., Loveday, J., Moffett, A. J., Norberg, P., Owers, M. S., Taylor, E. N. & 22 others, Wright, A. H., Bamford, S. P., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bourne, N., Bremer, M. N., Colless, M., Conselice, C. J., Croom, S. M., Davies, L. J. M., Foster, C., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Jones, D. H., Kafle, P. R., Kuijken, K., Lara-Lopez, M. A., López-Sánchez, R., Meyer, M. J., Phillipps, S., Sutherland, W. J., van Kampen, E. & Wilkins, S. M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 3875-3888 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): The environmental dependence of the galaxy main sequence

Wang, L., Norberg, P., Brough, S., Brown, M. J. I., Da Cunha, E., Davies, L. J., Driver, S. P., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., Lara-Lopez, M. A., Liske, J., Loveday, J., Grootes, M. W., Popescu, C. C. & Wright, A. H., 1 Oct 2018, In : Astronomy and Astrophysics. 618, 6 p., A1.

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Activities 2010 2018

  • 6 Professional association or peak discipline body

AAT Council

Michael Brown (Fellow)
2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional 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

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

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

Why do astronomers believe in dark matter?

Michael Brown

11/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Asteroid close approach: 2019 OK 'near miss' - ‘MUCH more awareness needed'

Michael Brown

17/08/1920/08/19

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The day Earth had a near-miss with a 'city-killer' asteroid

Michael Brown

25/07/1930/07/19

4 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

‘It snuck up on us’: Scientists stunned by ‘city-killer’ asteroid that just missed Earth

Michael Brown

26/07/1929/07/19

5 items of Media coverage

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