From the 'Ask an Astronomer' interview series.
The full set of interviews can be found here.
I'm a postdoctoral researcher working at the University of Leeds. My work revolves around the subject of circumstellar discs, low- and high-mass star formation, and astrochemistry. I'm currently working with Dr. Catherine Walsh to observe and model complex organic molecules in protoplanetary discs using the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA).
Originally from the North of England, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in 2009. I then moved back to my roots in Yorkshire, where I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in 2013. After this, I took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of St Andrews working on the DIANA project - an international effort to collect and model multi-wavelength datasets of protoplanetary discs around young, low mass stars. In late 2015, I moved to the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge to work on the ERC-funded project DISCSIM - concerned with hydrodynamic modelling of protoplanetary discs in the era of ALMA. In the autumn of 2018, I returned to Leeds to take up my current position.
I'm very enthusiastic about introducing concepts in astronomy and astrophysics to a wider audience. I have given talks to amateur astronomy groups, primary and secondary school students, conducted rocket experiments in the field (yes, an actual field), and even appeared in a series of 'Ask an Astronomer' YouTube movies.
When not doing all of the above, I have been known to play ultimate frisbee, I'm a big fan of rugby, and I support Leeds United Football Club (which I have been assured, if nothing else, is good for my soul).