BRENDON J. BREWER
Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
https://www.brendonbrewer.com/
(contact details available on website)
EDUCATION
The University of Sydney 2005–2008
PhD (Astrophysics)
Charlene Heisler Prize for best PhD thesis (Astronomical Society of Australia)
The University of Sydney 2001–2004
BSc (Advanced) (Physics)
Honours Class I and the University Medal
POSITIONS HELD
The University of Auckland July 2012–Present
Senior Lecturer (appointed Lecturer, promoted 2014 & 2019) Auckland, New Zealand
University of California, Santa Barbara June 2009–June 2012
Postdoctoral Scholar Santa Barbara, CA, USA
The University of New South Wales May 2008–January 2009
Research Associate Kensington, NSW, Australia
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2013–2016, Primary Investigator, Marsden Fast Start Grant, Royal Society of New Zealand (Total
value $300,000 NZD)
2016, Teaching commendation from Dean of Science
2014, Finalist, The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize
2009, Charlene Heisler Prize (best PhD thesis, Astronomical Society of Australia)
2006, Best talk, Mt Stromlo Xmas Student Symposium
2003, 2001, Cadbury-Schweppes Julius Sumner Miller Scholarship, The University of Sydney
2002, Science Foundation Scholarship, The University of Sydney
SKILLS
Programming C++, Python, Haskell, R.
Computing GNU/Linux, L
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Languages English (native speaker), Spanish (A2/B1 level, not certified)
SERVICE
I was a member of the editorial board for the journal Entropy from 2015 to 2017. I have also
reviewed a book for Cambridge University Press, and papers for Publications of the Astronomical
Society of Australia, The Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical
Society, The Open Astronomy Journal, MaxEnt Conference Proceedings 2009 & 2013, Entropy,
Annalen der Physik, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, and the Journal of
Quantitative Analysis in Sports.
I was part of the local organising committee for the following conferences: MaxEnt 2013 (Canberra,
Australia, December 2013), Oz Lens (The University of Sydney, 2008), and Dark2007 (The
University of Sydney, 2007).
I am a member of the New Zealand Statistical Association and Heterodox Academy.
RESEARCH STUDENTS
1
= as primary supervisor
2
= as co-supervisor (half-share or approximately so)
3
= as co-supervisor (minor share)
Current
Yiwei Li
1
BSc (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2019
Oliver Stevenson
1
PhD, The University of Auckland, 2017–
Mat Varidel
3
PhD, The University of Sydney, 2016–
Tom Elliott
3
PhD, The University of Auckland, 2015–
David Huijser
1
PhD, The University of Auckland, 2013–
Completed
Saurabh Gupta
1
MSc, The University of Auckland, 2018
Satnam Singh
1
MSc, The University of Auckland, 2017–2018
Patricio Maturana Russel
2
PhD, The University of Auckland, 2013–2017
Syarafana Abdul Rahman
1
BSc (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2017
Tim Chen
1
MSc, The University of Auckland, 2016–2017
Oliver Stevenson
1
MSc, The University of Auckland, 2016–2017
John Wilcox
2
MA, The University of Auckland, 2015–2016
Yilin Guo
1
BSc (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2015
Anna Pancoast
3
PhD, UC Santa Barbara, 2009–2015
Courtney Donovan
1
BSc (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2014
Tom Elliott
1
BSc (Hons), The University of Auckland, 2013
Ryan Feyter
1
Summer Scholar, The University of Auckland, 2012/2013
Timothy White
3
BSc (Hons), The University of Sydney, 2009
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Bayesian Inference (2019)
Postgraduate course, 15 students.
Applied Stochastic Modelling (2017)
Third year undergraduate course, 40 students.
Data Technologies (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015), The University of Auckland
Second year undergraduate course, 120 students.
Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013), The University of Auck-
land
Third year undergraduate course, 100 students.
Introduction to Operations Research (2014, 2013), The University of Auckland
Second year undergraduate course, 100 students.
Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (2012), The University of Auckland
Third year undergraduate course, 100 students.
Bayesian Reasoning (2009), The University of Sydney
Physics Honours half-course,
20 students. Guest lecturer, contributed assignment and exam
questions.
INVITED TALKS
Only accepted invitations are listed here.
2017, Invited Lecturer, Data Analysis and Statistics Workshop, European Space Astronomy Centre,
Madrid, Spain
2015, Invited Lecturer, Astro Hack Week, New York University, NY, USA
2014, Invited Lecturer, XXVI Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics
2012, Stanford Cosmology Seminar, Stanford University, CA, USA
2011, Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2011, Center for Time Domain Informatics, UC Berkeley, CA, USA
2009, Caltech Astronomy Seminar, Caltech, CA, USA
2008, Interpretation of Asteroseismic Data, Wroc law, Poland
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Bayesian inference, information theory, and related topics
Nested Sampling
Astrostatistics: Applications in gravitational lensing, reverberation mapping, asteroseismology
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
59 peer-reviewed publications (19 as first author)
Summaries from Google Scholar: 2207 total citations, h-index of 28
1. Two major accretion epochs in M31 from two distinct populations of globular clusters
Dougal Mackey, Geraint F. Lewis,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Annette M. N. Ferguson, Jovan
Veljanoski, Avon P. Huxor, Michelle L. M. Collins, Patrick ot´e, Rodrigo A. Ibata, Mike J.
Irwin, Nicolas Martin, Alan W. McConnachie, Jorge Pe˜narrubia, Nial Tanvir, Zhen Wan, 2019,
accepted for publication in Nature.
2.
The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Bayesian Inference for Gas Disk Kinematics using a Hierarchical
Gaussian Mixture Model
Mathew R. Varidel, Scott M. Croom, Geraint F. Lewis,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Enrico M. Di
Teodoro, and more coauthors, 2019, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 485,
4024.
3. Model selection and parameter inference in phylogenetics using Nested Sampling
Patricio Maturana R,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Steffen Klaere, and Remco Bouckaert, 2019,
Systematic Biology 68, 219–233
4. The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Photometric Light Curves
Anna Pancoast and many coauthors including
Brendon J. Brewer
, 2019, The Astrophysical
Journal, 871, 108.
5. Modelling career trajectories of cricket players using Gaussian processes
Stevenson, O. G. and
Brewer, B. J.
, in press, in Bayesian Statistics: New Challenges and
New Generations - BAYSM 2018. Springer.
6. The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Dynamical Modeling of the Broad-Line Region
Peter R. Williams, Anna Pancoast, Tommaso Treu,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Aaron J. Barth,
and many coauthors. 2018, The Astrophysical Journal, 866(2), 75.
7. DNest4: Diffusive Nested Sampling in C++ and Python
Brendon J. Brewer
and Daniel Foreman-Mackey, 2018, Journal of Statistical Software, 86(7),
1–33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18637/jss.v086.i07.
8. AMORPH: A statistical program for characterizing amorphous materials by X-ray diffraction
Michael C. Rowe,
Brendon J. Brewer
, 2018, Computers and Geosciences, Volume 120, p.
21–31.
9. kima: Exoplanet detection in radial velocities
J. P. Faria, N. C. Santos, P. Figueira, and
B. J. Brewer
, 2018, Journal of Open Source
Software, 3(26), 487, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.00487
10. Stability of the broad line region geometry and dynamics in Arp 151 over seven years
A. Pancoast, A. J. Barth, K. Horne, T. Treu,
B. J. Brewer
, and many coauthors, 2018, The
Astrophysical Journal, 856, 108.
11. Computing Entropies with Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, 2017, Entropy, 19, 422.
12.
The Structure of the Broad-Line Region In Active Galactic Nuclei. II. Dynamical Modeling of
Data from the AGN10 Reverberation Mapping Campaign
C. J. Grier, A. Pancoast, A. J. Barth, M. M. Fausnaugh,
B. J. Brewer
, T. Treu, B. M.
Peterson, 2017, The Astrophysical Journal, 849, 2.
13. Bayesian survival analysis of batsmen in Test cricket
Oliver G. Stevenson and
Brendon J. Brewer
, 2017, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in
Sports, 13(1): 25–36.
14. Red nuggets grow inside-out: evidence from gravitational lensing
Lindsay Oldham, Matthew W. Auger, Christopher D. Fassnacht, Tommaso Treu,
Brendon J.
Brewer
, L.V.E. Koopmans, David Lagattuta, Philip Marshall, John McKean, Simona Vegetti,
2017, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465, 3185.
15. The elusive stellar halo of the Triangulum Galaxy
B. McMonigal, G. F. Lewis,
B. J. Brewer
, M. J. Irwin, N. F. Martin, A. W. McConnachie,
R. A. Ibata, A. M. N. Ferguson, A. D. Mackey, S. C. Chapman, 2016, Monthly Notices of the
Royal Astronomical Society, 461, 4374.
16. Uncovering the planets and stellar activity of CoRoT-7 using only radial velocities
J. P. Faria, R. D. Haywood,
B. J. Brewer
, P. Figueira, M. Oshagh, A. Santerne, N. C. Santos,
2016, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 588, A31.
17. Trans-Dimensional Bayesian Inference for Gravitational Lens Substructures
Brendon J. Brewer
, David Huijser, Geraint F. Lewis, 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal
Astronomical Society, 455, 1819-1829.
18.
Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. IV. Anomalous behavior of the
broad ultraviolet emission lines in NGC 5548.
M. R. Goad and many co-authors (including
B. J. Brewer
), 2016, The Astrophysical Journal,
824, 11.
19.
Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. III. Optical Continuum Emission
and Broad-Band Time Delays in NGC 5548
M. M. Fausnaugh and many co-authors (including
B. J. Brewer
), 2016, The Astrophysical
Journal 821, 56.
20.
The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Spectroscopic Campaign and Emission-Line Light
Curves
Barth, A. J. and many coauthors (including
B. J. Brewer
), 2015, The Astrophysical Journal
Supplement Series, 217, 26.
21. Fast Bayesian Inference for Exoplanet Discovery in Radial Velocity Data
Brendon J. Brewer
, Courtney P. Donovan, 2015, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical
Society, 446, 3206.
22. Dissecting magnetar variability with Bayesian hierarchical models
D. Huppenkothen,
B. J. Brewer
, D. W. Hogg, I. Murray, M. Frean, C. Elenbaas, A. L. Watts,
Y. Levin, A. J. van der Horst, C. Kouveliotou, 2015, The Astrophysical Journal, 810, 66.
23.
Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. II. Swift and HST Reverberation
Mapping of the Accretion Disk of NGC 5548 R. Edelson and many coauthors (including
B. J.
Brewer), 2015, The Astrophysical Journal, 806, 129.
24.
Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. I. Ultraviolet Observations of the
Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC 5548 with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on Hubble Space Telescope
G. De Rosa and many coauthors (including
B. J. Brewer
), 2015, The Astrophysical Journal,
806, 128.
25.
Modeling reverberation mapping data I: improved geometric and dynamical models and compar-
ison with cross-correlation results
Anna Pancoast,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal
Astronomical Society, 445, 3055.
26.
Modeling reverberation mapping data II: dynamical modeling of the Lick AGN Monitoring
Project 2008 dataset
Anna Pancoast,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, Daeseong Park, Aaron J. Barth, Misty
C. Bentz, Jong-Hak Woo, 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445, 3073.
27. Hierarchical Reverberation Mapping
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tom M. Elliott, 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical
Society, 439, L31.
28.
The SWELLS Survey. VI. hierarchical inference of the initial mass functions of bulges and
discs
Brendon J. Brewer
, Philip J. Marshall, Matthew W. Auger, Tommaso Treu, Aaron A.
Dutton, Matteo Barnab`e, 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437, 1950.
29.
A transdimensional Bayesian method to infer the star formation history of resolved stellar
populations
J. J. Walmswell, J. J. Eldridge,
B. J. Brewer
and C. A. Tout, 2013, Monthly Notices of the
Royal Astronomical Society, 435, 2171.
30. Probabilistic Catalogs for Crowded Stellar Fields
Brendon J. Brewer
, Daniel Foreman-Mackey, David W. Hogg, 2013, The Astronomical
Journal, 146, 7.
31.
The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Fe II Reverberation from the Outer Broad-Line
Region Aaron J. Barth, Anna Pancoast, Vardha N. Bennert,
Brendon J. Brewer
, and many
coauthors, 2013, The Astrophysical Journal, 769, 128.
32.
The SWELLS survey - V. A Salpeter stellar initial mass function in the bulges of massive
spiral galaxies
A. A. Dutton, T. Treu,
B. J. Brewer
, P. J. Marshall, M. W. Auger, M. Barnab`e, D. C. Koo,
A. S. Bolton, L. V. E. Koopmans, 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,
428, 3183.
33.
The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Dynamical Modeling of the Broad Line Region in
Mrk50
Anna Pancoast,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, Aaron J. Barth and many coauthors,
2012, The Astrophysical Journal, 754, 49.
34.
The SWELLS survey. IV. Precision measurements of the stellar and dark matter distributions
in a spiral lens galaxy
Matteo Barnab`e, Aaron A. Dutton, Philip J. Marshall, Matthew W. Auger,
Brendon J.
Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, Adam S. Bolton, David C. Koo, eon V. E. Koopmans, 2012,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 423, 1073.
35.
The SWELLS survey. III. Disfavouring ”heavy” initial mass functions for spiral lens galaxies
Brendon J. Brewer
, Aaron A. Dutton, Tommaso Treu, Matthew W. Auger, Philip J. Marshall,
Matteo Barnab`e, Adam S. Bolton, David C. Koo, eon V. E. Koopmans, 2012, Monthly Notices
of the Royal Astronomical Society, 422, 3574.
36. The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Reverberation Mapping of Markarian 50
A. J. Barth and many coauthors (including
B. J. Brewer
), 2011, The Astrophysical Journal,
743, L4.
37.
The Mass of the Black Hole in Arp 151 from Bayesian Modeling of Reverberation Mapping
Data
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, Anna Pancoast, Aaron J. Barth, Vardha N. Bennert,
Misty C. Bentz, Alexei V. Filippenko, Jenny E. Greene, Matthew A. Malkan, and Jong-Hak
Woo, 2011, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 733, L33.
38.
The SWELLS survey. II. Breaking the disk-halo degeneracy in the spiral galaxy gravitational
lens SDSS J2141-0001
A. A. Dutton,
B. J. Brewer
, P. J. Marshall, M. W. Auger, T. Treu, D. C. Koo, A. S. Bolton,
B. P. Holden, L. V. E. Koopmans, 2011, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,
417, 1621.
39.
The SWELLS Survey. I. A large spectroscopically selected sample of edge-on late-type lens
galaxies
T.Treu, A. A. Dutton, M. W. Auger, P. J. Marshall, A. S. Bolton, B. J. Brewer, D. Koo, L.
V. E. Koopmans, 2011, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 417, 1601.
40. Modelling of the Complex CASSOWARY/SLUGS Gravitational Lenses
Brendon J. Brewer
, Geraint F. Lewis, Vasily Belokurov, Michael J. Irwin, Terry J. Bridges,
N. Wyn Evans, 2011, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 412, 2521.
41. Geometric and Dynamical Models of Reverberation Mapping Data
Anna Pancoast,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Tommaso Treu, 2011, The Astrophysical Journal, 730,
139.
42. Diffusive Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, Livia B. artay, Gabor Cs´anyi, 2011, Statistics and Computing, 21, 4,
649-656.
43.
A Compact Early-type Galaxy at z = 0.6 Under a Magnifying Lens: Evidence For Inside-out
Growth
M. W. Auger, T. Treu,
B. J. Brewer
, P. J. Marshall, 2010, Monthly Notices of the Royal
Astronomical Society Letters, 411, L6.
44.
A comparison of Bayesian and Fourier methods for frequency determination in asteroseismology
Timothy R. White,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Timothy R. Bedding, Dennis Stello, Hans Kjeldsen,
2010, Communications in Asteroseismology, 161, 39.
45. AAOmega Observations of 47 Tucanae: Evidence for a Past Merger?
Richard R. Lane,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Laszlo L. Kiss, Geraint F. Lewis, Rodrigo A. Ibata,
Arnaud Siebert, Timothy R. Bedding, Peter Szekely, Gyula M. Szabo, 2010, The Astrophysical
Journal Letters 711, L122-L126.
46. Entropic Priors and Bayesian Model Selection
B. J. Brewer
and M. J. Francis, 2009, The 29th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference
and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering. AIP Conference Proceedings,
Volume 1193, pp. 179-186.
47. Gaussian Process Modelling of Asteroseismic Data
B. J. Brewer
and D. Stello, 2009, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 395,
2226.
48. Unlensing HST Observations of the Einstein Ring 1RXS J1131-1231: A Bayesian Analysis
B. J. Brewer
, G. F. Lewis, 2008, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 390, 39.
49.
A Molecular Einstein Ring at z=4.12: Imaging the Dynamics of a Quasar Host Galaxy Through
a Cosmic Lens
Dominik A. Riechers, Fabian Walter,
Brendon J. Brewer
, Christopher L. Carilli, Geraint F.
Lewis, Frank Bertoldi and Pierre Cox, 2008, The Astrophysical Journal, 686, 851.
50.
Solar-like oscillations in the metal-poor subgiant nu Indi: II. Acoustic spectrum and mode
lifetime
F. Carrier, H. Kjeldsen, T. R. Bedding,
B. J. Brewer
, R. P. Butler, P. Eggenberger, F.
Grundahl, C. McCarthy, A. Retter, C. G. Tinney, 2007, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 470,
1059.
51. Solar-like oscillations in the G2 subgiant beta Hydri from dual-site observations
Timothy R. Bedding, Hans Kjeldsen, Torben Arentoft, Francois Bouchy, Jacob Brandbyge,
Brendon J. Brewer
, R. Paul Butler, Joergen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Thomas Dall, Soeren
Frandsen, Christoffer Karoff, Laszlo L. Kiss, Mario J.P.F.G. Monteiro, Frank P. Pijpers, Teresa
C. Teixeira, C. G. Tinney, Ivan K. Baldry, Fabien Carrier, Simon J. O’Toole, 2007, The
Astrophysical Journal, 663, 1315.
52. Bayesian Inference from Observations of Solar-Like Oscillations
B. J. Brewer
, T. R. Bedding, H. Kjeldsen and D. Stello, The Astrophysical Journal, 2007,
654, 551B.
53. The evolution of host mass and black hole mass in QSOs from the 2dF QSO Redshift Survey
S. Fine, S. M. Croom, L. Miller, A. Babic, D. Moore,
B. Brewer
, R. G. Sharp, B. J. Boyle, T.
Shanks, R. J. Smith, P. J. Outram, N. S. Loaring, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical
Society, 2006, 373, 613F.
54.
Solar-like oscillations in the metal-poor subgiant nu Indi: constraining the mass and age using
asteroseismology
T. R. Bedding, R. P. Butler, F. Carrier, F. Bouchy,
B. J. Brewer
, P. Eggenberger, F. Grundahl,
H. Kjeldsen, C. McCarthy, T. B. Nielsen, A. Retter, C. G. Tinney, The Astrophysical Journal,
2006, 647, 558.
55. The Einstein Ring 0047-2808 Revisited: A Bayesian Inversion
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, The Astrophysical Journal, 2006, 651, 8.
56. Strong Gravitational Lens Inversion: A Bayesian Approach
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, The Astrophysical Journal, 2006, 637, 608.
57.
The light curve of the semiregular variable L2 Puppis: II. Evidence for solar-like excitation of
the oscillations
T. R. Bedding, L. L. Kiss, H. Kjeldsen,
B. J. Brewer
, Z. E. Dind, S. D. Kawaler, A. A.
Zijlstra, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2005, 361, 1375.
58. Probing Sub parsec Structure in the Lyman Alpha Forest with Gravitational Microlensing
B. J. Brewer
and G. F. Lewis, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2005, 356,
703.
59. When Darwin met Einstein: Gravitational Lens Inversion with Genetic Algorithms
B. J. Brewer
and G. F. Lewis, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 2005,
22, 128.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
1. What Experts Do and Don’t Know
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette.
2. The Mathematics of Happiness
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette.
3. Unscrambling the second law of thermodynamics
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette.
4. The Great Statistical Schism
Brendon J. Brewer, 2015, article in Quillette.
5. Properties of the Affine Invariant Ensemble Sampler in high dimensions
David Huijser, Jesse Goodman, Brendon J. Brewer, 2015, arXiv preprint.
6. Bayesian Inference and Computation: A Beginner’s Guide
Brendon J. Brewer, 2015, contribution to the XXVI Winter School of Astrophysics. To be
published by Cambridge University Press.
7. Inference for Trans-dimensional Bayesian Models with Diffusive Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, 2014, arXiv preprint.
8. Bayesian Analysis of Reverberation Mapping Data
Brendon J. Brewer, 2011, in Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V.
9. The Implications of the Early Formation of Life on Earth
Brendon J. Brewer, 2008, arXiv preprint.
10. Getting Your Eye In: A Bayesian Analysis of Early Dismissals in Cricket
Brendon J. Brewer, 2008, arXiv preprint.