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Sarah Brough


02 9385 5470


Subjects Taught: 


Associate Dean Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Research Director


  • 2005: PhD Astronomy, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • 1999: MPhys, University of Liverpool, UK


Research Interests: 

I am an observational astronomer and lead a research group that tackles a broad range of outstanding questions in Galaxy Evolution.

The core of my research is understanding how galaxies change with time (evolve), and how that change depends on the environment they are found in. I am particularly intererested in the changes experienced by the most massive galaxies in the Universe.

I am a member of two large galaxy surveys; the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) and SAMI surveys which have taken their observations with the 4-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope situated near Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia.

I talk more about my research in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVOLe1qYXOY

and here too https://youtu.be/-TNyu5-nEo8

Are you an undergraduate who would like to join our team? Check out my publications linked below, and what we are currently working on (latest news: Why Massive Galaxies Don't Dance in Crowds). If you are interested please send an email advising your astronomy research experience and attaching your CV and transcript.

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2015-2019)
  • Member of National Committee for Astronomy (2020 - present)
  • Australian Science Lead for Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST; 2018 - present)
  • Member of Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) Science Advisory Committee (2018 - 2019)
  • Australian representative on Giant Magellan Telescope Science Advisory Committee (2017-2019)
  • Chair of Steering Committee for the Astronomical Society of Australia's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy (IDEA) Chapter (2015-2017)
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union
  • Member of the Astronomical Society of Australia

Selected Publications: 

See my list of publications on ADS