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

A Prof Stephen Marsden

Associate Professor

Prof Rob Wittenmyer

Prof Rob Wittenmyer

Associate Professor

Dr Leigh Brookshaw

Senior Lecturer

Dr Duncan Wright

Senior Lecturer

Dr Rachel King

Senior Lecturer

Dr Carolyn Brown

Dr Carolyn Brown

Lecturer

Dr Matthew Mengel

Dr Matthew Mengel

Lecturer

Dr Brett Addison

Dr Brett Addison

Research Fellow

Jack Okamura

Research Associate

Adjunct Staff

Dr Michael Cowley

Dr Michael Cowley

Dr Clifford Cunningham

Dr Clifford Cunningham

Prof John Kielkopf

Prof John Kielkopf

Current Students

Dr Tania Ummee Ahmed

Mark Beavis

Emma Brown

Donna Burton

Donna Burton

Cristian Felipe Chavez Tapia

Cristian Felipe Chavez Tapia

Jake Clark

Jake Clark

Mathieu Clerte

Greg Davis

John Drummond

John Drummond

Adriana Errico

Adriana Errico

Dag Evensberget

Dag Evensberget

John Gianforte

Shelly Grist

Alexis Heitzmann

Alexis Heitzmann

Shane Hengst

Shane Hengst

Timothy Holt

Timothy Holt

Suzanne Knight

Rod Letchford

Nataliea Lowson

Nataliea Lowson

James O'Connor

James O'Connor

Jack Okamura

Alan Payne

Dan Peluso

Dan Peluso

Greg Perugini

Greg Perugini

John Seach

Christopher Tylor

Shelley Zaleski