About

Trio of pictures of me: left, by the dome of the 3.6m telescope in La Silla, Chile; middle, outside the School of Physics & Astronomy in sunshine in St Andrews; right, by my poster at the Transiting Exoplanets conference at Keele.

Origin story

Originally from a somewhat dull town in the North West of England, I’ve been fascinated by space since I can remember. After going to Senior Space School UK (three years in a row!), I did a self-taught GCSE in Astronomy during the last four months of my final year of high school. Two years later, after my A-levels, I left for Scotland to do a degree in Astrophysics at the University of St Andrews!

A Trip to the Seaside

During my degree I had two summer research projects: one in exoplanet atmospheres with Dr. Christiane Helling at St Andrews; the other in exoplanet detection, with Prof. Chas Beichman at Caltech. Then, for my final year Masters project, I worked with Prof. Andrew Collier Cameron and Dr. Raphaëlle Haywood, studying starspot lifetimes from Kepler data.

Cheese-filled Adventures

I graduated in June 2015 with a first class masters degree (:raised_hands:) in Astrophysics, and shortly after moved to Geneva in Switzerland to start my PhD at the Observatoire de Genève. I continued my starspot work and was responsible for detecting exoplanet transits from K2, and organising the follow-up.

In June 2019 I successfully defended my thesis ‘Know thy Star, Know thy Planet - Disentangling Planet Discovery & Stellar Activity’! :tada:

The PhD jury and me post-defence! Left to right: Prof. Stéphane Udry, Prof. Aline Vidotto, Dr. Mirka Dessauges, brand new Dr. Helen Giles, Dr. Heather Cegla, Dr. Dan Bayliss & Dr. Christophe Lovis The PhD jury and me post-defence! Left to right: Prof. Stéphane Udry, Prof. Aline Vidotto, Dr. Mirka Dessauges, brand new Dr. Helen Giles, Dr. Heather Cegla, Dr. Dan Bayliss & Dr. Christophe Lovis