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I am a third year PhD student, working with Mark Wyatt and Grant Kennedy. My research focusses on the orbits of extrasolar planets and the dynamics of planetary systems.
One aspect of my work is modelling interactions between planets and debris discs (the latter describing regions of sub-planet sized material orbiting a star, akin to the Asteroid and Kuiper belts in our Solar System). Features have been observed in some extrasolar debris discs which hint at the presence of unseen planets; I research the general imprints of perturbing planets on such discs and, in some cases, infer the orbits of unseen planets from specific disc observations. I particularly focus on highly eccentric and/or inclined planets, regimes which were previously under-studied in the literature.
I also investigate the orbits of planetary and stellar companions imaged around other stars. These orbits cannot be solved uniquely, because the companions are only observed for fractions of their long orbital periods. I work on methods to constrain such orbits in bias-free ways; I am particularly interested in analytic techniques, which compliment the more utilised numerical methods and can give greater insights than the latter into the allowed regions of orbital parameter space.