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About me

Picture of me cracking half a smile, courtesy of Kiran Joshi.

I'm currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at JPL/Caltech. Before that, I was a postdoc in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Oslo from 2013 - 2015. I did my DPhil (PhD) in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford from 2010 - 2013, and my undergraduate degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester from 2006 - 2010. I'm originally from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK.

I'm a member of the SKA Cosmology Science Working Group (Core Team), the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, and was also a member of the Planck Collaboration as part of the LFI Core Team while in Oslo. I have/had 2 Masters students and one PhD student in Oslo and, in Oxford, tutored for the third year physics course (special relativity) and lectured for the astrophysics graduate course (Python programming). I was also the public outreach coordinator for the Oxford Astrophysics subdepartment in 2011-2012, and was the social secretary for Wadham College MCR in 2011.

Aside from my research interests in theoretical cosmology, I've also been involved in the open source movement. I began contributing to Ubuntu around 2005, before moving on to work on documentation for the GNOME project. My roles have included coordinating the writing of user and developer documentation, training new contributors, and supervising students for the project's Women's Outreach Program. I've also co-authored a couple of books on Ubuntu, published by No Starch Press in 2010 and 2012.

In my free time, I enjoy a lot of music and film, playing squash and football (both badly), hiking, reading (especially history of science), visiting weird art galleries and museums, and the odd bit of amateur astronomy. I've been known to enjoy a good meal and a terrible lager too.