Professor Alister Graham
- Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
- School of Science
- Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- AR301 Hawthorn campus
- ORCID profile
Professor Alister Graham's research deals with the structure and dynamics of galaxies, their dark matter halos, and their central supermassive black holes.
From 2012 to 2016, Alister was a step-2 "Future Fellow" supported by the Australian Research Council. He has been the lead-author of over 50 scientific articles, with 20 of these having attracted more than 100 citations each. Based upon a composite of citation metrics, in 2020 Alister was ranked in the top 0.2% of scientists around the world (doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918), and among the top 1% of astronomers in Australia.
Alister has been at Swinburne since 2006, where he conducts astronomical research with PhD students and postdoctoral research associates, and teaches into Swinburne Astronomy Online.
Further information can be found at http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/~agraham/
Astronomy; Galaxies; Dark matter; Telescopes and detectors; aurora; black holes
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Galaxy Structure and massive black holes: Explore how stars are distributed in galaxy images obtained from both ground-based telescopes and satellites such as Hubble and Spitzer. The structure of galaxies reveals much about how they formed, how they are connected with one another, and also with the massive black holes that reside in their cores.
Fields of Research
- Cosmology And Extragalactic Astronomy - 020103
- Galactic Astronomy - 020104
- 2011, National, Future Fellow, step 2, Australian Research Council
- 2007, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award, Swinburne
Also published as: Graham, Alister; Graham, A.; Graham, A. W.; Graham, Alister W.; Graham, Alister W. McK.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2017: ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
- 2017: From bulges to galaxies: galaxy evolution revealed *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
- 2013: Visiting Researcher Scheme 2013 - Prof Guzman *; Research Advisory Group - Visiting Researcher Scheme 2013
- 2011: Massive black holes in dense star clusters *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
- 2011: The Hearts of Galaxies *; ARC Future Fellowships
- 2010: Probing the connection between the smallest galaxies and the largest star clusters *; ANSTO Access to Major Research Facilities Program
* Chief Investigator
- 2016-10-26: Largest “depleted galaxy” holds clues to how it formed - Astronomy (the world's best selling astronomy magazine)
- 2016-10-14: Who stole all the stars - Space Daily
- 2016-10-11: Astronomers confirm remarkable size of the largest known depleted galaxy core - PHYS.ORG
- 2016-10-11: Who stole all the stars? - Astronomy Now
- 2016-05-09: That's nuts!... - Daily Mail (UK)
- 2016-05-08: Astronomers detect double â€˜peanut shellâ€™ galaxies - Astronomy Now (UK's best astronomy magazine)
- 2016-05-07: New Software used to detect double peanut shell galaxies - Spaceref.com
- 2016-05-06: Galaxy-sized peanuts? - PHYS.ORG
- 2015-05-12: Is there a hidden galaxy in the Milky Way - The Daily Mail (UK)
- 2015-05-11: Milky Way may have been hiding another galaxy all along - wired.co.uk
- 2015-05-11: Millions of missing galaxies found hiding in plain sight - New Scientist
- 2015-04-26: Galactic Dinosaurs Arenâ€™t Extinct - Australasian Science
- 2015-04-09: Rare Rectangular Galaxy Found - Australasian Science
- 2015-03-23: Black Holes Behave - Australasian Science
- 2015-03-20: The masses of black holes are more predictable than we thought - Science Alert
- 2015-03-05: Missing galaxies from the early Universe have been discovered - Science Alert
- 2014-12-01: Astrology: An Astronomer's view - BBC, Sky at Night magazine
- 2013-04-01: Black Holesâ€™ Unexpected Ratio - Australasian Science
- 2013-01-22: é»‘æ´žçš„æˆé•¿é€Ÿåº¦è¶…è¿‡é¢„æœŸ - China Daily
- 2013-01-21: Black holes grow faster than first thought - Australian Geographic