Astronomical and Space Sciences

Research in the field of astronomical and space sciences from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Elisabetta Barberio     High energy physics, including experimental particle physics and dark matter.

Nicole Bell     Cosmology, theoretical particle physics and astrophysics (neutrino physics and astrophysics, cosmology, astroparticle physics, dark matter, particle physics beyond the standard model).

Matthew Dolan     The standard model of particle physics and beyond, with applications to early-universe cosmology and high-energy astrophysics.

Duane Hamacher     Cultural astronomy, Indigenous knowledge, dark sky studies, astronomical heritage, and the history and philosophy of science.

Andrew Melatos     Theoretical astrophysics, including neutron stars, gravitational waves, plasma physics, and superfluids.

Christian Reichardt     Using international experiments to study the Cosmic Microwave Background, relic radiation from the Big Bang.

Michele Trenti     Formation and evolution of galaxies, stars and black holes across cosmic time. Skyhopper space telescope.

Raymond Volkas     Theoretical particle physics (beyond the standard model, neutrinos, branes and extra dimensions, particle cosmology, particle phenomemology, early universe).

Rachel Webster     Gravitational lensing, quasars and the Epoch of Reionisation.

Stuart Wyithe     Cosmology, first stars, reionization, black holes, gravitational lensing, the early universe, eclipsing binaries, and quasars.

Research centres

ARC CoE for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D
Unlock the mysteries of the Universe using innovative 3D technology, while sharing the excitement and wonder of astronomy to inspire the broader community.

ARC CoE for Gravitational Wave Discovery
Working to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the universe.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of Physics.