About Me

I was born in Oxford, England and grew up in Devon and Cornwall, attending Plymouth High School for Girls for GCSE and A-Level. I then worked in accountancy and finance for several years, until attending a talk on astronomy in Tolkien prompted me to trade counting pounds for counting photons. Here's a brief summary of my career since then:

  • December 2018 - present: Freelance Science Communicator

  • January 2018 - November 2018: DECRA Fellow
    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • October 2017 - December 2017: ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • August 2013 - August 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Texas at Austin, USA

  • 2013: PhD Astronomy
    Durham University
    Harnessing the Power of Gravitational Lensing: Resolved Star Formation at 1 < z < 5
    Supervisors: Richard Bower, Ian Smail

  • 2009: MSc Astronomy (Distinction)
    University of Sussex

  • 2008: BSc Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics (1st class)
    King's College, University of London

Outside of work, I run science fiction conventions. My latest project is The Ineffable Con, which raises money for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Back when such things were allowed, I enjoyed travelling. You can read the blog from my Route 66 trip in 2012 here.