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Dr Matt Owers (B.Sc. (Advanced Physics, hons. class I) University of Wollongong 2003, Ph.D University of New South Wales 2008)  is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie. Previously, he held a Future Fellowship (2015-2019), a Super Science Fellowship at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (2011-2014), and a postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology (2008-2011).

He is the MRes year 1 Advisor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has supervised 3 HDR students to completion (1 PhD and 2 MRes as principal supervisor) and currently supervises 2 students. He teaches and convenes two upper-level units in Astrophysics: ASTR3110 "Data Science Techniques in Astrophysics" and ASTR7913 "Contemporary Research Techniques in Astrophysics", as well as convening the Faculty Capstone unit FOSE3000 "Making Science Work for You and Society: Capstone".

Research interests

Broadly, Dr Owers' research interests are in the field of galaxy evolution, and how the large-scale environment impacts the properties of galaxies. He is involved in several large Australian surveys, including the Galaxy And Mass Assembly survey (, the SAMI Galaxy Survey (, as well as planned surveys such as WAVES ( and Hector (


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