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 Cˆot´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, L´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, L´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. P´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.