Dr Michael Cowley

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Astrophysics Lecturer

PhD (Macquarie University), BAppSc(Hons) (Queensland University of Technology), BAppSc(Physics) (Queensland University of Technology)

Michael Cowley is an astrophysicist and lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland. Michael holds a PhD from Macquarie University, where he researched the evolutionary impact of supermassive black holes on their host galaxies. He continues this line of work with collaborators from ASKAP-EMU, ZFOURGE and ZFIRE, which are extragalactic surveys using a range of ground and space-based telescopes to study the physical processes related to the formation and evolution of galaxies. Michael also has a keen interest in education and outreach, having delivered numerous educational seminars, professional development courses for teachers, and public talks on various STEM topics.

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Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2020
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Invited Speaker for the AAQ's 2020 Arthur Page Memorial Lecture
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Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2019
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Local Organising Committee for the Australia-ESO Conference, Sydney, AU
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Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
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Invited Speaker for TEDxQUT: 2019 Innovate Activate, Motivate
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Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2019
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Member of the International Astronomical Union (MIAU)
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Reviewer for an Academic Journal
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2019
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Referee for the American Institute of Physics' The Physics Teacher
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Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
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Institute of Physics' European Journal of Physics
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Funding Award
Reference year
2015
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Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro) Observing Funding Award
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Membership of Learned Societies
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2014
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Member of the Astronomical Society of Australia (MASA)
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Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2010
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Member of the Australian Institute of Physics (MAIP)
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Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2010
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Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)
  • The role of environment in the evolution and fate of galaxies
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nunzio Motta
  • Characterising distant galaxies by way of spectral energy distribution analysis
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nunzio Motta