Members

  • Dr David Flannery

    David joined the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences at QUT in 2019 to develop capabilities in the fields of deep-time geology and astrobiology. David graduated from Macquarie University in 2009 with a major in paleobiology, before attending Peking University’s College of Urban and Environmental Science and MIT’s Department...

  • Peter Nemere

    Peter joined QUT in 2019 as lead programmer of the PIXLISE project. The aim of the project is to write a custom software tool that allows scientists to analyse data coming back from an instrument called PIXL on the Perseverance rover which is hurtling towards Mars for a February 2020...

  • Professor Balz Kamber

    Originally from Switzerland (MSc and PhD from the University in Bern), I have joined QUT as the Professor of Petrology after a colourful journey around the globe. Between 2011-2018, I held the Chair in Geology and Mineralogy Trinity College Dublin and was Deputy Director of the 23M Euro Irish Centre...

  • Julian Andres Galvez Serna

    Julian received his B.S. degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2016 and an MSc. in Engineering from the University of Antioquia in 2019. He is currently a PhD candidate in robotics and autonomous systems at The Queensland University of Technology. His current research activities include UAV mission planning for planetary exploration...

  • Carl Walsh

    Carl completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geoscience at QUT and is now undertaking a PhD. His research delves into the deepest parts of the Earth’s lithosphere and examines the unique dynamics of Archaean continents. Carl seeks to answer questions such as: how did the roots of Archaean continents...

  • Dr Michael Cowley

    Michael is an astrophysicist and lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. As supervisor of QUT’s Astrophysics Research Group, he contributes to extragalactic astronomy and cosmology projects and specialises in galaxy evolution and supermassive black holes.Michael is an active...

  • Dr Selen Turkay

    Dr Selen Turkay has a PhD in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teachers College, New York, NY. Prior to joining QUT in 2017, she worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (2013-2015); and as a Research Scientist at Vice Provost for Advances in...

  • Dr Michael Jones

    Following post-doctoral positions at La Trobe University and the Australian Synchrotron, Michael joined QUT in 2018 as a Research Infrastructure Specialist with a focus to develop novel synchrotron based experimental techniques across a wide range of science and engineering disciplines. He joined the PIXL team in 2019 and uses his...

  • Vanessa Zepeda

    I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I spent the last ten years on the Hawaiian Islands, where I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the biological sciences. My passion for the origin and evolution of life on our planet led me to the field of astrobiology....

  • Dr Christoph Schrank

    2014: Senior Lecturer (QUT) 2013: Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (QUT) 2012 – 2014: Lecturer (ECARD program, QUT) 2010 – 2012: Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) at the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence (UWA, CSIRO) 2009 – 2010: Postdoctoral researcher at the Western Australian Geothermal Centre...

  • Dr Fernando Vanegas Alvarez

    Fernando Vanegas is a Research Fellow in Robotics at Queensland University of Technology. He holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Halmstad University and a PhD in Aerial Robotics from QUT. He has developed frameworks for UAV mission planning in GPS-denied environments for navigation, target finding and tracking purposes using...

  • Associate Professor Scott Bryan

    Background I study volcanoes and the different ways volcanism has impacted our planet – its evolution, its atmosphere and our environment. Volcanoes are one of the most powerful agents of change on our planet, from creating the continents we live on to changing the climate and extinguishing life. My research...

  • Associate Professor Thierry Peynot

  • Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez

    Dr Gonzalez  is an Associate Professor  at the School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics (EER) and a CI in QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR),   Engineering Faculty with a passion for innovation in the fields of aerial robotics and automation. Gonzalez interest is in creating aerial robots, drones or UAVs that possess a...

  • Dr Luke Nothdurft

    Dr Luke Nothdurft is a marine geoscientist based at the Queensland University of Technology. Luke’s research focuses on changes in shallow marine carbonate skeletons and sediment. Using a combination of geological and biological field data and samples, Luke investigates problems around climate change in tropical marine environments over a range...