• The University of Western Australia (M468), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Brent Groves became a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia in 2019. Brent completed his PhD at the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Australian National University in 2005, then moved to Europe where he was a Research Fellow at the premier astronomy institutes in Europe, inclue the Max Planck Institute. In 2015, Brent returned to Australia as a Future Fellow at ANU, before begining the next stage of his research here at UWA.


Brent is an internationally known expert in the physics of the interstellar medium and dust, specifically looking at the heating and cooling of this diffuse phase in the Universe in star-forming regions and in Active Galactic Nuclei powered by supermassive black holes. Brent has used many of the key observatories including the Herschel and Hubble Space Telescopes, and the 8m-class VLT at the European Southern Observatory, as well as Australian Telescopes such as the 3.9m AAT, and the Australian Telescope Compact Array.

Research interests

Interstellar medium

Interstellar dust

Star formation


Active Galactic Nuclei


Dr. Brent Groves is currently actively looking at the star formation process in nearby galaxies, exploring the cooling and collapse of gas to form stars, and the rapid clearing of this 'birth material' once the stars have formed.

Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy & Astrophysics, PhD, Dust in Photoionised Nebulae, Australian National University

Award Date: 4 Jun 2005

External positions

0.5, Australian National University

30 Mar 201830 Mar 2020

Research expertise keywords

  • Galaxy evolution
  • Interstellar Medium
  • Star formation
  • Active Galactic Nuclei


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