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Dr Michael Cowley
Astrophysics Research and Teaching Associate
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Chemistry & Physics
Discipline *
Astronomical and Space Sciences
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PhD (Macquarie University), BAppSc(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology), BAppSc(Physics) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Professional Societies

  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ)
  • Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)

Astronomical Surveys

  • TAIPAN (optical and near-IR spectroscopic galaxy survey)
  • ZFOURGE ( medium-band imaging galaxy survey)
  • ZFIRE (optical and near-IR spectroscopic galaxy survey)

Cosmology, Extragalactic Astrophysics, Physics and Astronomy Education, Lighting Physics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Michael completed his PhD at Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he researched the evolutionary impact of supermassive black holes on their host galaxies. He continues to work with collaborators on TAIPANZFOURGE and ZFIRE, which are extragalactic surveys tasked with studying the physical processes related to the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Michael also has a keen interest in teaching and outreach, having prepared and delivered numerous lectures, educational seminars, professional development courses, and public talks. As well as lecturing at QUT, Michael is an adjunct research fellow at the University of Southern Queensland, a science liaison for CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program, and a steering committee member for the ASA’s Education and Public Outreach Chapter.

This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Cowley.


This information has been contributed by Dr Michael Cowley.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • The role of environment in the evolution of galaxies
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nunzio Motta