C. V.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

PhD

 

Sep 2014 – current

PhD studentship at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

“Water Within Impact Terrains on Mars: the NWA 7034 Basaltic Breccia, and Analysing Samples from the Coma of 81P/Wild2”

Supervisory panel: Prof. J. C. Bridges, Dr. S. Baker, Prof. M. J. Branney

Funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

MSc

 

2012-2014

MSc Planetary Science, Distinction, University College London

Project: “Investigation of Martian basaltic breccia meteorite NWA 7034” (80%)

External supervisor: Prof. J. C. Bridges (University of Leicester)

Co-supervisor: Dr. A. D. Fortes (University College London)

Earth & Planetary Materials (92%), Melting & Volcanism (63%), Solar Physics (77%), Earth & Planetary System Science (70%), Physics of the Earth (77%), Planetary Atmospheres (88%).

Summer schools, field training and workshops
2017 Fieldwork at the Ries impact crater, Germany.
2017 Planetary Surface Processes Field Course, 12 days N. Arizona and Utah.
2017 10 day field trip to Isle of Arran, Scotland (as demonstrator for 1st year undergraduates).
2016 Volcanology field trip, Tenerife.
Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life” summer school, Terceira, Azores.
2015 Field Training & Research Program at the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic field, New Mexico. One of six selected (funded).
2014 Diamond synchrotron XAS workshop, three days’ training.
Diamond synchrotron summer school, including two days on the beam lines.
GeoVUsie Symposium and Planetary Design Workshop at ESTEC
2013 Sudbury Field Camp: Short Course and Field School at the Sudbury Impact Structure, Ontario, Canada. Mapped shatter cone distribution and measurements.
Impacts & their Role in the Evolution of Life”, Nordic Network of Astrobiology, Estonia. Learnt and applied field techniques to Kaali craters. (3.5 ECTS).
6 week SURE internship at University of Leicester analysing MSL ChemCam data with Dr J. C. Bridges. My work was used in presentations to the ChemCam team.
Austrian Space Forum’s one month Mars analogue mission in Morocco: member of the Remote Science Support team in the Mission Support Centre, Innsbruck for all experiments. Designed and carried out a methane detection Arduino experiment MEDIAN.
2012 Post-Alpbach workshop: Uranus mission study in selected team of 15, producing an abstract accepted by EGU and LPSC, a poster and a peer-review paper.
Alpbach Summer School, “Design a mission to the outer planets” in international teams of 15. Our team won “Best Science” and “Best Presentation” awards.
Arctic Science Course by University of Umeå included 6 day field trip to Kiruna, Sweden (4.5 ECTS).

EDUCATION

Distance learning Liverpool John Moores University: Planetary Geology (91%), Exoplanets (84%), Galaxies (81%). University of Umeå: Arctic Science (90% Pass with Distinction)
Degree BSc Mathematics (Hons), University of Nottingham
A-level

 

Mathematics (A), Further Mathematics (A), Physics (A), Chemistry(B).  Awarded the Dr South Prize in Mathematics and Physics. Norfolk County Scholar

AWARDS

Jul 2017 Holloway Bursary for workshop at a national Science Festival (decision pending).
Jul 2017 VMSG Award for MetSoc 2017, New Mexico.
Apr 2017 Whittaker Award for fieldwork at Ries Crater, Germany
Aug 2016 Meteoritical Society for MetSoc 2016, Berlin.
Aug 2016 COST action: Origins & Evolution of Life in the Universe, summer school, Azores.
Mar 2016 Royal Astronomical Society for LPSC 2016.
Sep 2013 Royal Astronomical Society for Sudbury Field School.
Jul 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), University of Leicester
Nov 2012 ESA scholarship to attend post-Alpbach workshop in Graz for a week.
Sep 2012 Royal Astronomical Society and Astrium for MEDIAN.
Sep 2012 Europlanet funding to present at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC).
Jul 2012 UK Space Agency scholarship to attend the Alpbach Summer School, Austria.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Oct 2016 – to date Leading Astrobiology workshops and tutorial (2nd year undergraduate). Mineralogy (1st year) and Magmatic and Metamorphic processes (2nd year) demonstrating. Field trip to Arran (1st year undergraduate).
Sep 2014 – 2015 Leading Physics weekly seminars and associated marking (1st year undergraduate).
Feb 2014 Teaching Assistant for the Arctic Science course in Kiruna by University of Umeå.

OUTREACH

2011 – to date Social Media: Won #MeetESO social media competition for effective engagement and sharing of quality content, 8 people invited to tour the VLT and ALMA telescopes in Chile from the 27 ESON member nations. Sole person invited from the UK.
Part of the team for Lunar Mission One’s successful Kickstarter campaign, and “Friends In Space” app for S. Cristoforetti’s ISS mission.
LPSC 2015 & 2016 microblogger, ran the Twitter account for EPSC 2013. Invited to Farnborough International Airshow 2012 by ESA, selected for the ESA ATV Tweetup and NASA Social for the MAVEN mission.
Print Media: Published on the UK Space Agency website and in their magazine, in the BIS Spaceflight magazine, Popular Astronomy magazine, Mars Society UK website, SGAC newsletter and The Observatory.

Tim Peake Principia mission: On the expert panel for Norwich schools’ ARISS call. Will give 2 presentations in local schools as part of Astrobiology Society of Britain’s STARS (Space TARgets Science) project.

Presentations: National Space Centre Year 12 Careers Conference, London Science Museum, OU Geological Society, UKSEDS conference, UK Space School, Hockerill Anglo-European College.

“I’m A Scientist”: Participated in online chats with schools.

Science Festivals: UKSEDS, Kennedy Space Centre and Ice Worlds outreach stands at the national Big Bang Fair, Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, Diamond synchrotron meteorite stand, and helped at the BBC StarGazing Live BBC Learning event, Norwich.

MEMBERSHIPS

2017 – Member of the Royal Microscopical Society.
2017 – Member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA).
2015 – Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Special Interest Group: Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group.
2014 – RAS200 Steering Group Member: £1 million education and outreach initiative to ten worthy proposals over the next five years, leading up to 200th anniversary in 2020.
2014-2017 Elected Council member for the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).
2014 – Member of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc).
2012-2014 UK National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
2013-2017 Member of the UKSEDS (UK Students for Exploration & Development of Space) Advisory Board.
2012 – Corresponding member of the British Interplanetary Society Education & Outreach committee. Responsible for World Space Week 2013 in the UK: 71 events compiled (2012: 17), placing the UK in the top 5 most active countries worldwide.
2013-2016 Member of the Remote Science Support team for the Austrian Space Forum.
2012 – Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
2012 – STEM ambassador.
2011 – Member of the British Interplanetary Society.

PUBLICATIONS