About

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the research group of Prof. Justin Crepp at the University of Notre Dame. We are in the process of designing and building the iLocater instrument which will be used at the Large Binocular Telescope to search for Earth like planets around other stars. You can find out more about this work on my research page.

I completed my Ph.D. at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK where I worked on the Adaptive Optics Lucky Imager (AOLI) instrument. This instrument corrects for the effects of the atmosphere when using ground based telescopes to provide high-resolution imaging at optical wavelengths. My work was focused particularly on the adaptive optics component of the instrument and specifically on the non-linear Curvature Wavefront sensor.

In addition to my research, I am particularly keen to engage the public of all ages with science. Whether presenting to school groups, doing demonstrations of physics phenomena, undertaking planetarium shows or giving lectures on astronomy, I want to open up Physics and Astronomy to as wide a demographic of people as possible. You can find out more about this work on my outreach page.

Career

2014 - Present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame, USA

2010 - 2014: Graduate student, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK

2006 - 2010: Undergraduate student, University of Manchester, UK (3rd year at University of California Santa Barbara)

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Cambridge - 2014

MPhys (1st Class with Honours) - Physics with Astrophysics, University of Manchester - 2010 (3rd year - University of California Santa Barbara, USA)

Professional Organisations

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Member, American Astronomical Society

Member, SPIE

Associate Member, Institute of Physics

Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society