Swinburne astronomer Associate Professor Alan Duffy works on dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and cosmology as well as explaining science nationally on TV. He is an experienced public speaker, science communicator and science expert in Melbourne.
Research Fellow and Associate Professor @ Swinburne University
I'm a professional astrophysicist creating universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and to probe the nature of dark matter. I often then get to explain it to as wide an audience as possible on TV / radio or public events.
Currently I am at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University. Before then I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne, and a postdoctoral research associate with ICRAR at the University of Western Australia. Prior to all this antipodean fun I obtained my PhD from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and spent a year or two as a postgraduate at the Sterrewacht, Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands.
I am a member of SABRE, the world's first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, based at the bottom of a gold mine at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia.
As a member of two leading surveys on the next-generation Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope I create local universe simulations that can be used to test our galaxy formation and dark matter theories when compared with observations from the WALLABY and DINGO surveys.
2016 - now Executive Member; Science & Technology Australia (Peak national body for Science and Technology)
2015 – now Referee; Nature (Top research journal in science)
09/15 – now Member; International Astronomical Union (Peak body for astronomy worldwide)
03/14 – 03/16 Committee Member; Women in Astronomy (Elected to national committee on improving diversity and the experience for all in astronomy)
2014 – now Time Allocation Committee Member; Australian Telescope National Facility (Assessing proposals for access to Australian radio telescopes)
2012 – now Referee; Monthly Notices for the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astrophysics Journal (Referee for leading international astronomy journals)
03/10 – 04/14 Committee Member; Australian National Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (Twice elected to the national committee representing theoretical astrophysics)
02/10 – now Member; Astronomical Society of Australia (Peak national body for astronomy)