Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge UK
I am a PhD student working at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge with Nikku Madhusudhan and Simon Hodgkin. I am also associated with Murray Edwards College and am involved with the graduate students there. My research interests surround exoplanet detection and characterisation with projects based on coding pipelines. My current projects involve studying exoplanet atmospheres and characterising them using Hubble Space Telescope data. In my early projects I have been working with hot line lists and the exomol group data to generate high resolution cross section data for exoplanet classification.
I work mostly with IDL and C++ and develop tookits and pipelines for the reduction of datasets. Primarily I am working on a reduction toolkit for HST spatial scan mode data.
Previous to my PhD I studied Physics with Astronomy at the University of Birmingham and achieved a first class masters degree. My course work at Birmingham was focused mainly on data analysis with the Kepler mission and asteroseismology. Here I worked with the BISON group and study asteroseismic signatures, particularly in red giants, and possibility of looking for binary stars using asteroseismic signatures. I was also lucky enough to be selected for an REU position at LASP in Colorado Boulder in the summer of 2012 where I worked with Dr. Savita Mathur learning to develop pipelines for the detection and analysis of asteroseismic signatures in Kepler data.
I also have a blog which you can find here which includes updates on neat things I've found during my PhD and code snippets for people to use such as new IDL color tables.
As part of my PhD at the Institute of Astronomy I'm involved in a wide range of outreach activities, from public observing nights to tours of the telescopes on site. I have also give public talks during outreach events which the Institute holds between October and March. A few outreach materials are available here and talks are available below.
Talks and Publications
The Scale of the Universe
Outreach talk given at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge on Wednesday 14th 2015 with ~150 attendees. Includes neat links to hidden content explaining more about large scale astronomy.
Materials for C++ Course
Basic Program Structure
Building more complex programs
Arrays and memory
Building complex functions and librarys
CV and Training
Below are some details about my education and training since leaving the University of Birmingham in 2013. For more information see the full CV below or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For references please contact my PhD supervisors Dr. Nikku Madhusudhan and Simon Hodgkin at the IoA.
For a full CV please click here
PhD beginning October 2013 in Astronomy at University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy
MSc First Class with Honours from the University of Birmingham, graduated in 2013.
Conferences and Training