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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 10550 Citations
  • 55 h-Index
20042023
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Personal profile

Biography

Simon Driver is an astronomer studying the evolution of mass, energy and structure, from the Big Bang to the present day. He attained his PhD from the then University of Wales College of Cardiff in Astrophysics in 1994, and held Research Associate/Fellow positions at Arizona State University, the University of New South Wales, and the Australian National University. He then spent 7 years at the University of St Andrews as Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Observatory Director. In 2011 he relocated to UWA as Winthrop Research Professor within the then School of Physics, and now heads the Multi-wavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys group within the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). His research combines (federates) data from space-based imaging (using ESA and NASA space telescopes), and ground-based imaging and spectroscopics facilities in Australia and Chile. He uses these data to build up an empirical blueprint of the evolution of mass, energy and structure from the era of the Big Bang 13.7billion years ago to the present data. As part of this process he leads large international teams of astronomers through the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) and Wide Area VISTA Extragalactic Surveys (WAVES). In coming years he will be icnporatin data from a number of notable missions on which he has guaranteed time including eROSITA, Euclid and JWST. He currently serves as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Multi-wavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys at ICRAR

Principal Investigator: Galaxy And Mass Assembly: http://www.gama-survey.org

Principal Investigator: Wide-Area VISTA Extragalactic Survey: http://www.wavesurvey.org

Australian Research Council: College of Experts

Anglo-Australian Telescope: Council member

European Southern Observatory 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope: Executive, STSC, and SCB member

Research

Professor Driver has published over 280 refereed papers in main stream journals gathering over 22,000 citations.

Notable research programs include:

The Hubble Space Telescope Medium Deep Survey (HST MDS)

The two-degree field galaxy redshift survey (2dFGRS)

The VIsta Kilo-degree INfrared Galaxy Survey (VIKING)

The Galaxy And Mass Assembly Survey (GAMA)

The Herschel-ATLAS survey (HAtlas)

The Deep Extra-galactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS)

The Wide Area VISTA Extra-galactic Survey (WAVES)

Euclid Legacy Science Program

JWST Interdisciplinary Scientist programm

Keywords

  • Cosmology
  • Extragalactic astronomy
  • Astronomical databases

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Research Output 2004 2019

  • 10550 Citations
  • 55 h-Index
  • 197 Article
  • 5 Conference paper
  • 1 Review article
1 Citation (Scopus)

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): Environmental quenching of centrals and satellites in groups

Davies, L. J. M., Robotham, A. S. G., Lagos, C. D. P., Driver, S. P., Stevens, A. R. H., Bahé, Y. M., Alpaslan, M., Bremer, M. N., Brown, M. J. I., Brough, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Cortese, L., Elahi, P., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Ludlow, A. D., McGee, S., Owers, M. & Phillipps, S., 11 Mar 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 483, 4, p. 5444-5458 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

assembly
quenching
galaxies
halos
mass ratios
2 Citations (Scopus)

WALLABY early science - I. The NGC 7162 galaxy group

Reynolds, T. N., Westmeier, T., Staveley-Smith, L., Elagali, A., For, B-Q., Kleiner, D., Koribalski, B. S., Lee-Waddell, K., Madrid, J. P., Popping, A., Rhee, J., Whiting, M., Wong, O. I., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S., Robotham, A., Allison, J. R., Bekiaris, G., Collier, J. D., Heald, G. & 4 othersMeyer, M., Chippendale, A. P., MacLeod, A. & Voronkov, M. A., 21 Jan 2019, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 482, 3, p. 3591-3608

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

galactic clusters
ultrahigh frequencies
sky
galaxies
telescopes
3 Citations (Scopus)

Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS): motivation, design, and target catalogue

Davies, L. J. M., Robotham, A. S. G., Driver, S. P., Lagos, C. P., Cortese, L., Mannering, E., Foster, C., Lidman, C., Hashemizadeh, A., Koushan, S., O'Toole, S., Baldry, I. K., Bilicki, M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bremer, M. N., Brown, M. J. I., Bryant, J. J., Catinella, B., Croom, S. M., Grootes, M. W. & 9 othersHolwerda, B. W., Jarvis, M. J., Maddox, N., Meyer, M., Moffett, A. J., Phillipps, S., Taylor, E. N., Windhorst, R. A. & Wolf, C., Oct 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 480, 1, p. 768-799 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Galaxy and Mass Assembly: Automatic morphological classification of galaxies using statistical learning

Sreejith, S., Pereverzyev, S., Kelvin, L. S., Marleau, F. R., Haltmeier, M., Ebner, J., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Driver, S. P., Graham, A. W., Holwerda, B. W., Hopkins, A. M., Liske, J., Loveday, J., Moffett, A. J., Pimbblet, K. A., Taylor, E. N., Wang, L. & Wright, A. H., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 4, p. 5232-5258 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
learning
assembly
galaxies
spheroids
prediction
22 Citations (Scopus)
137 Downloads (Pure)

Galaxy And Mass Assembly: The G02 field, Herschel-ATLAS target selection and data release 3

Baldry, I. K., Liske, J., Brown, M. J. I., Robotham, A. S. G., Driver, S. P., Dunne, L., Alpaslan, M., Brough, S., Cluver, M. E., Eardley, E., Farrow, D. J., Heymans, C., Hildebrandt, H., Hopkins, A. M., Kelvin, L. S., Loveday, J., Moffett, A. J., Norberg, P., Owers, M. S., Taylor, E. N. & 22 othersWright, A. H., Bamford, S. P., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bourne, N., Bremer, M. N., Colless, M., Conselice, C. J., Croom, S. M., Davies, L. J. M., Foster, C., Grootes, M. W., Holwerda, B. W., Jones, D. H., Kafle, P. R., Kuijken, K., Lara-Lopez, M. A., López-Sánchez, R., Meyer, M. J., Phillipps, S., Sutherland, W. J., van Kampen, E. & Wilkins, S. M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 474, 3, p. 3875-3888 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
assembly
galaxies
equatorial regions
fillers
astrophysics

Projects 2012 2023

ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions

Staveley-Smith, L., Power, C., Driver, S., Kewley, L., Wyithe, S., Sadler, E., Glazebrook, K., Jackson, C., Bland-Hawthorn, J. & Asplund, M.

Australian National University

1/01/1731/12/23

Project: Research

Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

Macquarie University

1/01/1631/12/16

Project: Research

Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

Monash University

1/01/1631/12/16

Project: Research

Constructing the Australian European Southern Observatory Positioner (AESOP)

Driver, S., Robotham, A., Couch, W., Hopkins, A. M., Asplund, M., Colless, M., Croom, S. & Blake, C.

Australian National University

1/01/1631/12/16

Project: Research