• 5266 Citations
  • 39 h-Index

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My research aims to improve our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve through cosmic times. Galaxies host all the really interesting things about the universe (stars, dust, life, etc) so their study can tell us a lot about the universe we live in.

I am also pursuing creative ways to view the universe using new technology. This started with my efforts to set up the Huntsman Telescope, a southern hemisphere version of the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, which uses off-the-shelf Canon telephoto lenses to image extremely diffuse stellar structures. You can follow our Huntsman project on Twitter and Facebook.

This expanded into space, with my efforts to launch a similar single lens system into space with the Australian Space Eye. We've merged this effort into the SkyHopper Space Telescope mission.

External positions

Elected Council Member, Astronomical Society of Australia

1 Jul 201329 Jun 2017

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Research Outputs

  • 5266 Citations
  • 39 h-Index
  • 117 Article
  • 7 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 2 Letter
  • 1 Conference abstract

First demonstration of OH suppression in a high-efficiency near-infrared spectrograph

Ellis, S. C., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Lawrence, J. S., Horton, A. J., Content, R., Roth, M. M., Pai, N., Zhelem, R., Case, S., Hernandez, E., Leon-Saval, S. G., Haynes, R., Min, S. S., Giannone, D., Madhav, K., Rahman, A., Betters, C., Haynes, D., Couch, W., Kewley, L. J. & 4 others, McDermid, R., Spitler, L., Sharp, R. G. & Veilleux, S., Feb 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492, 2, p. 2796-2806 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

The Huntsman Telescope: lessons learned from building an autonomous telescope from COTS components

Horton, A., Spitler, L., Gee, W., Longbottom, F., Alvarado-Montes, J. A., Bazkiaei, A., Caddy, S. & Lee, S., 3 Jan 2020, Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019. Ellis, S. & d'Orgeville, C. (eds.). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE, 2 p. 1120306. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 11203).

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  • A Tale of two clusters: An analysis of gas-phase metallicity and nebular gas conditions in proto-cluster galaxies at z ∼ 2

    Alcorn, L. Y., Gupta, A., Tran, K-V., Kacprzak, G. G., Yuan, T., Cohn, J., Forrest, B., Glazebrook, K., Harshan, A., Kewley, L. J., Labbé, I., Nanayakkara, T., Papovich, C., Spitler, L. R. & Straatman, C. M. S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 883, 2, p. 1-11 11 p., 153.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Ground-based follow-up observations of TRAPPIST-1 transits in the near-infrared

    Burdanov, A. Y., Lederer, S. M., Gillon, M., Delrez, L., Ducrot, E., de Wit, J., Jehin, E., Triaud, A. H. M. J., Lidman, C., Spitler, L., Demory, B. -O., Queloz, D. & Van Grootel, V., Aug 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 487, 2, p. 1634-1652 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    On the gas content, star formation efficiency, and environmental quenching of massive galaxies in protoclusters at z ≈ 2.0-2.5

    Zavala, J. A., Casey, C. M., Scoville, N., Champagne, J. B., Chiang, Y., Dannerbauer, H., Drew, P., Fu, H., Spilker, J., Spitler, L., Tran, K. V., Treister, E. & Toft, S., 18 Dec 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 887, 2, 15 p., 183.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)