About Us

Our team at the Centre for Astrophysics is dedicated to world-leading research into astronomy, space science, and astrobiology. Whilst most of our staff are based at USQ’s Toowoomba and Springfield campuses, we have members spread across Australia, and around the globe. As USQ is a university that specialises in online learning, our group includes a large cohort of international postgraduate students based overseas.

The Centre for Astrophysics includes Australia’s largest research concentration of exoplanetary scientists, playing a pivotal role in the global effort to search for, and characterise, alien worlds. Other members of our team are leading global efforts to understand the magnetic activity and space weather of other Sunlike stars. Our final area of research leadership is in dynamical astronomy, where our staff and students are studying the history and evolution of the Solar system, and the various factors that can render potentially habitable planets more (or less) suitable for life

Staff

Prof Brad Carter

Prof Brad Carter

Director

Prof Jonti Horner

Prof Jonti Horner

VC's Senior Research Fellow

Prof Rob Wittenmyer

Prof Rob Wittenmyer

Professor

A Prof Stijn Dekeyser

A Prof Stijn Dekeyser

Associate Professor

A Prof Stephen Marsden

A Prof Stephen Marsden

Associate Professor

A Prof Duncan Wright

A Prof Duncan Wright

Associate Professor

Dr Leigh Brookshaw

Senior Lecturer

Dr Zahra Gharineiat

Dr Zahra Gharineiat

Senior Lecturer

Dr Rachel King

Senior Lecturer

Dr Carolyn Brown

Dr Carolyn Brown

Lecturer

Dr Matthew Mengel

Dr Matthew Mengel

Lecturer

Dr Chelsea X. Huang

Dr Chelsea X. Huang

ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr George Zhou

Dr George Zhou

ARC DECRA Fellow

Dr Brett Addison

Dr Brett Addison

Research Fellow

Mr Jack Okumura

Research Associate

Adjunct Staff

Prof R. Paul Butler

Prof R. Paul Butler

Dr Graziella Caprarelli, FAIG

Dr Graziella Caprarelli, FAIG

Dr Jessie Christiansen

Dr Jessie Christiansen

Dr David R. Ciardi

Dr David R. Ciardi

Dr Daniel V. Cotton

Dr Daniel V. Cotton

Dr Michael Cowley

Dr Michael Cowley

Dr Clifford Cunningham

Dr Clifford Cunningham

Prof Duane Hamacher

Prof Duane Hamacher

Dr Steven Hartung

Dr Steven Hartung

Dr Natalie Hinkel

Dr Natalie Hinkel

Prof Stephen Kane

Prof Stephen Kane

Prof John Kielkopf

Prof John Kielkopf

Mr Alejandro Levi

Mr Alejandro Levi

Prof Nick Lomb

Prof Nick Lomb

Prof Ravi K. Manchanda

Prof Ravi K. Manchanda

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Dr Jonathan Marshall

Dr Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz

Dr Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz

Dr Belinda Nicholson

Dr Belinda Nicholson

Prof Wayne Orchiston

Prof Wayne Orchiston

Mr David Platz

Mr David Platz

Dr Benjamin Pope

Dr Benjamin Pope

Dr Jefferson Sauter

Dr Jefferson Sauter

Dr Ian Waite

Dr Ian Waite

Dr Jeremy Wood

Dr Jeremy Wood

Dr Marusa Zerjal

Dr Marusa Zerjal

Current Students

Dr Tania Ummee Ahmed

Mr Mark Beavis

Mr Mark Beavis

Ms Emma Brown

Ms Donna Burton

Ms Donna Burton

Mr Cristian Felipe Chavez Tapia

Mr Cristian Felipe Chavez Tapia

Mr Jake Clark

Mr Jake Clark

Mr Mathieu Clerte

Mr Greg Davis

Mr John Drummond

Mr John Drummond

Ms Adriana Errico

Ms Adriana Errico

Mr Dag Evensberget

Mr Dag Evensberget

Mr John Gianforte

Mr John Gianforte

Mr Alexis Heitzmann

Mr Alexis Heitzmann

Mr Shane Hengst

Mr Shane Hengst

Mr Timothy Holt

Mr Timothy Holt

Mr Rod Letchford

Mr Rod Letchford

Ms Nataliea Lowson

Ms Nataliea Lowson

Mr James O'Connor

Mr James O'Connor

Mr Jack Okumura

Mr Alan Payne

Mr Dan Peluso

Mr Dan Peluso

Mr Greg Perugini

Mr Greg Perugini

Mr John Seach

Mr Christopher Tylor

Ms Shelley Zaleski